Plymouth couple turn COVID-cancelled wedding into fundraising event

    Sophie and Tom were forced to cancel their wedding in March when lockdown began

    An engaged couple from Plymouth transformed their wedding - which was cancelled due to the coronavirus lockdown - into something amazing.

    Sophie and Tom took the opportunity to host an online fundraising event on the day that they were due to get married instead.

    They raised £700 which will go towards a target of £1,600 which will be donated to the Meningitis Research Foundation.

    Sophie will raise the remainder when she treks the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco to the peak of Mt Toubkal in October.

    She says they co-wrote an online "pub quiz" for their friends and family, who all got dressed up to take part using Zoom:

    "When I signed up to trek the High Atlas Mountains for Meningitis Research Foundation in January, I had so many ideas for all kinds of fundraising - but then Covid happened and I went into meltdown!

    "We've been doing lots of quizzes with friends and family during lockdown, so I thought we could do the same thing on our "wedding day" to raise funds.

    "We asked for a donation of just £10 each, so when all these bigger donations started coming in, I just couldn't believe it."

    The couple were due to get married June 27 at Wonwood Barton in Tavistock.

    When lockdown began in March, they made the heart-breaking decision to cancel.

    Sophie and Tom have fortunately been able to reschedule their wedding for 8 May 2021.

    LISTEN to Sophie's interview with Radio Plymouth:

    The fundraising link can be found here.

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