Gen­er­ous ruby wed­ding pair raise char­ity cash

The Oban Times - - News -

AN IN­VER­LOCHY cou­ple cel­e­brated 40 years of mar­riage by rais­ing £1,500 for a sui­cide aware­ness char­ity.

Mau­rice, 62, and Joyce Wells, 58, gath­ered friends and fam­ily at the Rail­way Club on Satur­day May 20 for their ruby wed­ding an­niver­sary.

There was a sur­prise for the 100 guests who at­tended, as the cou­ple had in­vited Rev­erend Morag Muir­head along to of­fi­ci­ate as they re­newed their wed­ding vows. The cou­ple, who have two daugh­ters, lost their son Gary in 2014 and in­stead of an­niver­sary presents, they asked friends to do­nate to Chris’s House – the Cen­tre for Help, Re­sponse and In­ver­ven­tion Sur­round­ing Sui­cide – the first 24-hour, non-med­i­cal cri­sis cen­tre in Scot­land.

Joyce said: ‘ We are de­lighted we raised £1,500 for Chris’s House in lieu of presents. We thank ev­ery­one who came, Rev Muir­head for the beau­ti­ful cer­e­mony to re­new our vows, Won­der­land for the fan­tas­tic mu­sic and staff at the Rail­way Club for a lovely buf­fet.’

The cou­ple said the se­cret to their long and happy mar­riage was each other. ‘We have been through our ups and downs, los­ing our son, but we have stuck to­gether and taken the good with the bad. We thought this would be some­thing nice for our fam­ily and some­thing to cel­e­brate with ev­ery­one.’

It was an ex­tra spe­cial oc­ca­sion for the fam­ily as Mau­rice, who was adopted, got to share it with his two brothers and a sis­ter he re­con­nected with 22 years ago.

A group from Lochaber trav­elled to Glas­gow to take part in Walk Of Hope, a 5k event on Satur­day May 6, in mem­ory of peo­ple who have taken their own lives, and raised £ 3,000. Joyce has been fundrais­ing for the char­ity for three years, do­nat­ing more than £6,000.

Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age.

Ruby wed­ding cou­ple Joyce and Mau­rice Wells, who cel­e­brated their an­niver­sary by rais­ing funds for a sui­cide aware­ness char­ity, with a gift from their grand­chil­dren.

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