A wedding treat for our heroes

13 May 2020 09:41
Published by: Scott Callan

One lucky couple will be able to put their heroic efforts in the coronavirus crisis aside for a short time while getting married at an amazing Preston beauty spot.

Brockholes Nature Reserve is aiming to celebrate a heroes’ wedding, as a thank you for stepping up in the fight against Covid-19.

The competition is open to anyone who has been helping others during the coronavirus pandemic; they simply need to share their story for a chance to win a wedding worth more than £9,000.

Lindsey Poole, director of marketing, said: “We have seen so many heart-warming stories of individuals going above and beyond in the current crisis to help people through.

“Whether they are a front-line key worker, or an individual who has become a hero supporting others, we want to thank them by hosting their special day at Brockholes.

“With the hospitality and weddings industry in shut down, we knew it was a big ask to suppliers to help us bring this dream to life.

“We have been blown away by the positivity and willingness to help from these suppliers, many of whom, like us, have had their income streams stopped overnight.”

Caroline Wilson, administration officer at Brockholes, is the only member of the team not on furlough at the closed reserve.

She said: “Much of my job over the past month has been to support our existing couples move their weddings following the announcement of the ban.

“It is a heart-breaking time for all of our couples but they have all been tremendously understanding and we have managed to move all couples, or pencil in ‘back-up’ dates for them.

“To be able to offer a dream day to one couple who are out there making a real difference is brilliant, and we are sure reading through all of the entries will give us a boost.”

Brockholes opened in 2011, but following the government guidelines closed its gates on March 20. Brockholes is managed by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, a local conservation charity.

Entries are open now at www.brockholes.org and will be shortlisted to 10 finalists who will be put to the public vote in July, with the winners announced in September.


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