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Newlyweds Joe and Felicity Isaacs, from Lytham, asked for their wedding guests to make donations to charity instead of gifts, helping them to raise �500 for Catholic aid agency CAFOD - photo by Emma Boileau

Newlyweds Joe and Felicity Isaacs, from Lytham, asked for their wedding guests to make donations to charity instead of gifts, helping them to raise �500 for Catholic aid agency CAFOD - photo by Emma Boileau

They say all you need is love - so when newlyweds Felicity and Joe Isaacs tied the knot they only wanted friends’ presence, not presents.

Instead of asking for wedding gifts the charitable couple, from Lytham, asked guests to their nuptials to donate funds to charity.

Their generous friends and family have now helped them to raise £500 for Catholic aid agency CAFOD, to fund two teams of medical professionals to take healthcare services to remote communities in countries ravaged by poverty or war.

Felicity, a maths teacher at Cardinal Newman College in Preston, where she runs a charity group for CAFOD, added: “Joe and I thought it would be nice for the money people normally spend at a wedding to go to other people.

“My mum is a nurse so we know the difference that medical care can make in people’s lives.”

The couple married on July 19 at St Cuthbert’s Church, Lytham, and were delighted to mark their one month anniversary finding out the total amount raised for CAFOD last week.

CAFOD’s world gifts scheme allows people to buy gifts that can make a different to international communities, including ranges of crops that can grow during droughts to sports kits and equipment for children with HIV and AIDs.

Rosa Trelfa, CAFOD manager for Lancashire said: “We all love summer weddings and buying gifts for the start of a couple’s life together, so it’s very generous for a couple to mark their special day with wedding presents for other people. Felicity and Joe’s gift will make a difference to people overseas – some of whom may be beginning their own married lives together.

“CAFOD would like to express gratitude to Felicity and Joe and wish them the very best.”

 

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