THE owners of a wedding shop have helped one of their brides-to-be’s dreams come true – in more ways than one.
Creatiques in Southsea not only designed Sandy Turvill her perfect wedding dress, but also held a mammoth fundraiser which raised more than £1,600 for the breast cancer support group she chairs in Portsmouth.
Miss Turvill, 50, came to know Andrew and Rob Pearce at Creatiques when she visited them to find a dress for her big day on June 18.
During her many fittings she told the couple about her personal battle with breast cancer and how she helps run Portsmouth Breast Friends.
It was then Andrew and Rob decided to go the extra mile to put a smile on Miss Turvill’s face, by throwing a big fundraising bash at the Spinnaker Tower.
Miss Turvill, of Craneswater Park, Southsea, said: ‘It was amazing. I went along with lots of my friends and ended up making it my hen night.
‘There were so many people there and it was such a fun night, with lots of entertainment.
‘I couldn’t believe how much money was raised either. Portsmouth Breast Friends is used to donations of much smaller amounts, but this was just incredible.’
Miss Turvill, who had to have a mastectomy following her cancer diagnosis, said: ‘I’m so grateful to Andrew and Rob. They’ve helped make me feel beautiful on my wedding day – something I thought may never happen.
‘But also they have been amazing with the fundraiser and supporting Breast Friends. I can’t thank them enough for all they’ve done.’
Around 150 people turned out for the Spinnaker fundraiser at the end of last month.
The night featured all kinds of live performances and entertainment – including Andrew Pearce’s Miss G drag act.
Andrew, who runs the salon at Creatiques and designs the wedding dresses, said: ‘We decided to hold the fundraiser after Sandy told us about the group.
‘We always do things for charity every year and decided this would be a good cause to make our charity for this year.
‘What we liked about it is it’s local and helps local people. If you raise money for bigger charities the money can sometimes get swallowed up and you don’t see the benefits of it.
‘With this we know the money will be used in the community in this area.’
He added: ‘The fundraiser was such as success we’re already planning another one for Breast Friends in November.’
For more information about Portsmouth Breast Friend visit portsmouthbreastfriends.org.uk.