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Couple request charity donations instead of wedding presents in aid of St Oswald’s

A couple with a special connection to us selflessly asked their wedding guests to donate money to the Hospice in lieu of gifts on their big day.

Jill and Michael Kelly, from Newcastle, tied the knot after 27 years together. Instead of asking for wedding gifts, the couple asked for donations to us after Jill’s mum, Louise Baker, was cared for on our Inpatient Unit in 2011.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle follow in Jill and Michael's footsteps as they are also asking wedding guests for donations to charities, rather than gifts at their wedding later this month.

 Jill tells us more:

“Michael and I have been together for many years but it was only when our 60th birthdays were approaching that we decided to get married.

“As we’ve been together for 27 years, we didn’t need the traditional wedding gifts and it felt right to do something for St Oswald’s instead. It’s a charity that is very dear to us after my mum spent her final weeks there. My dad, Philip, also now volunteers for the Hospice.”

Talking more about the reasons for supporting St Oswald’s, Jill continued:

“My mum spent a few weeks at St Oswald’s for end of life care after being diagnosed with bladder cancer. As a family we were so glad we had a place like the Hospice as mum’s condition had deteriorated and Dad was no longer able to look after her at home anymore.

“The care Mum received was outstanding – I can’t praise the nurses, receptionists, admin staff and everyone else involved enough. Everyone who came to the wedding knows that St Oswald’s is important to our family and we wanted the Hospice to benefit.”