Warwick wedding fayre to raise cash for charity - The Leamington Observer

Warwick wedding fayre to raise cash for charity

Leamington Editorial 28th Apr, 2024   0

BRIDES-to-be will have the chance to bag a bargain while also supporting two Warwick charities.

More than 40 brand new wedding dresses will be available to buy at knockdown prices during a fundraising wedding fayre organised by The Gap Community Centre on May 18.

The gowns, worth a total of £80,000, were donated to Molly Ollys by Boho Bride when it closed its doors at Stratford Garden Centre last year.

Boho Bride’s Lynette Turner said: “We had a lot of dresses that we couldn’t take with us, so after our sample sale we decided to donate the remaining dresses and accessories to Molly Ollys.

“I have always supported children’s local charities, including schools, and wanted to be able to continue my support by donating over 40 dresses to help children and their families, who are going through a very difficult time.

“The work that Molly Ollys do to help very sick children and make their families’ lives a little bit better is very important. Making children’s wishes come true is a very special gift for all the family, enabling them to share those precious moments and make forever memories. The more donations that are made, the more children and their families can benefit from the charity’s support.”

The cash raised on the stalls and from a raffle will be divided between Molly Ollys and The Gap.

Molly Ollys was established in 2011 by Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw following the death of their eight-year-old daughter Molly from a rare kidney cancer.

The Warwick-based charity works to support children with terminal or life-limiting illnesses and their families and help with their emotional wellbeing as well as providing wishes and donating therapeutic toys and books to both children directly and to hospitals throughout the UK.

The Gap strives to reduce loneliness and social and financial isolation in Warwick, bringing people together by running its vital community togetherness activities.

Rachel Ollerenshaw said: “We are very grateful for the donation of the wedding dresses – it certainly was one of the more unusual donations we’ve received. In these challenging times with the rising cost of living, it is nice to think that we can offer brides the opportunity to have a fabulous dress at a greatly reduced price, that at the same time, gives back to charity.”

The Wedding Fayre, which is free to enter, takes place at The Gap, in Oakwood Grove, Warwick between 2pm and 5pm.

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