A couple celebrating their wedding asked their guests to make a donation to Sands (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity) instead of buying them presents.
The funds raised from Phil and Karen Spencer’s wedding on June 24 were in memory of their daughter Ella, who was stillborn at 23 weeks on December 29 2013.
The charity is close to the couple’s hearts after they were supported by Sands when Ella sadly died.
Phil and Karen, who are 42 and 40 years old respectively, are from Great Sutton and have a daughter, Chloe, aged eight.
They have been a couple for 13 years and were engaged for eight years.
Karen Spencer said: “We were devastated by the death of our precious baby Ella in 2013. After getting through what was a really difficult time for Phil and I, we wanted to celebrate the fact that we are strong as a couple by getting married.
“We have established careers and a home so when it came to identifying wedding gifts it was difficult to know what to suggest, so we decided to give something back to Sands who had really supported us.
“It was also a way of having Ella in our thoughts on our wedding day.”
More than £2,000 was raised and the funds have been donated to The Countess of Chester Hospital who will purchase a CuddleCot which is a Moses basket with a refrigerated bottom that allows bereaved parents to spend extra precious time with their baby.
The Chester Sands support group meets on the last Wednesday of each month from 8pm-9.30pm at All Saints Church Centre in Hoole with befrienders welcoming newcomers to the group from 7.30pm.
The group is run by Sands befrienders who are also bereaved parents.
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