Generous ruby wedding pair raise charity cash
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.
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.