Charitable Couple’s Wedding Raises Money for Believe and Achieve
Thursday 3rd December 2015 13:26 Hyde News Posted by Tom Greggan

A charitable couple have raised hundreds of pounds after asking their wedding guests to make donations to a local cause instead of buying them presents.

Sheila and Duncan Fildes, from Hyde, came up with the novel idea on behalf of the Believe and Achieve Trust.

The couple have been together for 16 years and living with each other for three before eventually deciding to tie the knot, so they said they already had ‘two of everything’.

Sheila said: “When it came to wedding presents we didn’t need anything. A friend of mine was involved with the charity so I thought we would ask for donations instead.”

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The Trust was founded in 2014 by Alison Williams in memory of her son Alex, who believed passionately in raising awareness of meningitis as a meningitis sufferer himself.

Inspirational Alex, from Ashton, was the first young ambassador for the Meningitis Trust and his motto, ‘Believe and Achieve’ was adopted for the creation of the new charity.

The Trust provides meningitis sufferers with much needed funding or specialist equipment to help them succeed in sporting activities.

Sheila added: “I just admired Alison because the worst thing in the world is to lose a child. But she’s done something positive.

“There are a lot of charities that are ‘fashionable’ that get a lot of publicity and the little charities like that don’t. It’s a local charity as well.”

In total, Sheila and Duncan’s wedding guests donated £605.

Alison said: “We were really touched by Sheila and Duncan’s amazingly kind gesture. The fact they were thinking of helping us on their special day meant the world to us! Their kindness just goes beyond words.”

She continued: “Because of their support and all their family and friends we have been able to put the £605 that they raised towards a wheelchair that we wanted to buy for a special young girl.”
Sheila was delighted that the money had been well spent.

“It’s made a difference and you can see that and you know where the money’s gone,” she said.