Newlyweds in plea to family and friends

PUBLISHED: 18:06 23 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 26 October 2009

Picture: Martin Parratt Photography

Picture: Martin Parratt Photography

A NEWLY-MARRIED couple decided not to receive the traditional gifts at their wedding, instead asking guests to donate to a charity thousands of miles away. Ian Howard and Ingrid Marson hope to raise a total of £3,000 for South African charity Alive and K

A NEWLY-MARRIED couple decided not to receive the traditional gifts at their wedding, instead asking guests to donate to a charity thousands of miles away.

Ian Howard and Ingrid Marson hope to raise a total of £3,000 for South African charity Alive and Kicking.

The WGC couple, who tied the knot last Saturday, raised an impressive £2,245 from their family and friends on the big day.

But now they are hoping WHT readers will help them to reach their target for the children's charity, which makes repairable, hand-stitched leather footballs for children to play with.

Ian, 30, who works in IT at investment bank JP Morgan, said: "We came across the charity last year through the Good Gifts catalogue.

"We were really impressed with what they did and how they were run, particularly how little they spend to achieve what they're doing."

The footballs are made using local leather by local workers and include messages about HIV/Aids among other diseases to raise awareness.

All money raised from the couple, of Valley Road, will help buy a panel cutting machine, needed to cut out the leather hexagons that make up footballs for the children's charity.

Ingrid, 30, who runs her own company, Acorn PR, and has lived in South Africa, said: "It makes us so happy to think that our wedding gift will make a lasting impact on people's lives.

"We hope to visit South Africa in a year or two, when the project is set up, to see the machine in action.

"It would be great if any of your readers could support our fundraising efforts."

To make a donation just visit www.justgiving.com/ianandingrid


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