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Newlyweds ask for donations in lieu of gifts

A newlywed couple asked their guests for money instead of gifts as they wanted to help local cancer patients.

Andrew and Rachel Smith, of Waltham, have handed over £600 to The Health Tree Foundation (HTF), the official charity of Grimsby hospital, as well as £190 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The couple decided they wanted to give something back to local cancer services as both their families have been affected by the illness.

Rachel said: “I lost both my mum and grandmother to bowel cancer some years ago. My brother has also been diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 47. It is often seen as an old man’s illness so it is vital men know the signs and symptoms to look out for.”

Andrew’s dad also had cancer 10 years ago. He said: “It was my idea to ask our guests for money instead of gifts. Rachel agreed it was a lovely idea to be able to give something back to our local hospital.”

He added: “We both wanted to help in a small way and thought it would be a way of making people aware that cancer can affect any of us.”

Lauren Alexander, community champion for HTF, said: “It’s heartwarming to hear that this lovely couple decided to share their special day with others with cancer. The £600 will be put aside to purchase specialist cancer equipment for Grimsby hospital.”

If  you are getting married and would like to donate in lieu of wedding gifts please get in touch with Lauren from HTF on 01472 874111 ex 1009 or


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