Neil and Siobhan Holcombe marked their 25th wedding anniversary with a difference.
For instead of seeking presents and gifts to mark their special occasion the couple from Cooks Road, in Elmswell, asked for donations.
And it amounted to a total of £1,080 being raised … £810 for the My WiSH charity, which supports the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, and £270 for Blesma, dedicated to assisting serving and ex-service men and women who have suffered life-changing limb loss or the use of a limb, an eye or loss of sight.
The money came following a party the couple staged at the Ravenwood Hall Hotel, in Rougham, last month, which was attended by 54 family and friends.
“It was an amazing event and to have that amount donated by the people who attended was fantastic,” said Neil, who works for a communications company based in Rugby.
“We were so thankful for the generous donations by everyone present and it did touch us both,” added the 56-year-old.
And along with his 51-year-old wife, who works for Suffolk County Council, in Bury St Edmunds, they visited the hospital where they were shown the Dementia Memory Walk.
The money they collected will be going to the Forget Me Not Dementia Campaign which has now raised over £100,000.