Couple ask wedding guests to donate to hospice appeal

Fraser and Caroline
Fraser and Caroline

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WHEN it came to making a wedding gift list, Caroline Lyon and Fraser Hill decided to do something a bit different.

Instead of asking for the customary toaster and cutlery set, the couple decided to ask guests to make donations to charity.

It was then a leaflet for the Dorothy’s Dream campaign – The Rowans Hospice’s fundraising drive to provide a home service – came through their door.

‘It came at the perfect time,’ said Caroline, 36, of Ascot Close, Titchfield Common.

‘We had decided to donate to charity because we have both been married before and there’s nothing we really need.

‘We were trying to think of a charity to make donations to and then the Rowans’ leaflet turned up and I thought “wow, that’s it”.’

Caroline was particularly touched by the Dorothy’s Dream campaign as her father Ronald Gurteen died seven years ago from cancer, aged 67. He needed so much medical care that it was not possible for him to be at home with just his family for support, and so he spent his last days at St Mary’s Hospital in Milton, Portsmouth.

Caroline said: ‘He would definitely have liked to have been at home. But unfortunately we couldn’t do that because he was very ill and needed lots of care.

‘If The Rowans’ home service had been around it would have definitely been something we would have used.

‘So us donating to this charity instead of getting wedding gifts is also something we’re doing in memory of my dad too.

‘He would have been pleased to know we’re doing this.’

Caroline and Fraser, 39, will marry this Saturday at Fareham Register Office.

Caroline’s daughters Alex, 14, and Olivia, 10, and Fraser’s daughter Christina, 10, will all be bridesmaids on the day.

The Rowans have thanked the couple for their generous donation idea.

Ruth White, chief executive for The Rowans, said: ‘I’m delighted that Ms Lyon and Mr Hill have chosen to support our Dorothy’s Dream Appeal as part of their special celebration.

‘It is incredibly thoughtful of them to be putting others’ needs before their own and everyone at The Rowans thanks them and wishes them all the best for a long and happy marriage.’