How your wedding can help support the vital work of Cancer Research UK
Colleen and John got married in July 2016 at a beautiful ceremony at the Grovefield House Hotel in Berkshire, surrounded by friends and family.
Sadly, one very important guest wasn’t able to attend the wedding. Colleen’s mum had passed away from lung cancer in January that year, before she could attend her big day.
Because of this, Colleen and John wanted a special way to make sure friends and family could remember her at their wedding. They chose Cancer Research UK’s wedding favours after spotting the packets of forget-me-not flower seeds online.
Colleen remembers: "I decided with my husband to have Cancer Research UK wedding favours because I feel like my mum’s legacy and love still permeates every part of my life. Having the wedding favours out on the tables and seeing people planting the forget-me-not seeds afterwards showed this side of her spirit.
"She loved gardening so the seeds seemed to be the perfect tribute. When my husband proposed in 2014, and for my whole life growing up, I always thought my mum would be at my wedding. This was a way that she could be."
Louise and Ross also got married in July 2016, and like Colleen and John, they wanted to do something special to show their support for friends and family who had been through cancer.
Ross's grandad had been diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2015, and while he was able to attend the wedding, a close family friend had passed away from breast cancer, and her husband was being treated for terminal prostate cancer at the time of the wedding.
With Ross's grandad and their friend's children in attendance, Louise and Ross chose Cancer Research UK pin badges as their wedding favours, both as a way to show support and to give money to support people in the same situation.
Louise said: "The favours were the perfect addition to the tables. The guests loved the pins and some are still wearing them to this day. Some of them told us afterwards that it was the most heartfelt and thoughtful favour they had received.
"I work as a GP and recognise the importance of research involved in the investigation of the risk factors and treatment of cancer, so it was lovely to be able to have wedding favours that were both so meaningful and helped support this research."
Cancer Research UK offers a huge range of favours for couples looking to make a difference on their big day. It includes specially designed badges by British jewellery designer Alex Monroe and bridal designers Suzanne Neville and Jenny Packham, as well as thoughtful gifts like sunflower pots and forget-me-not flower seeds, it’s easy to find something to suit any wedding.
Each favour comes with a personalised card, elegantly displaying their names and wedding date.
In return, Cancer Research UK asks that couples make a suggested donation for each favour which goes towards the charity’s life-saving work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all cancers.
For more information or to order the wedding favours visit cruk.org/favours.