Fiona and Adam Gordon got married on Saturday but it wasn’t the day they had planned.
Instead of a big celebration, surrounded by family and friends, they had a quiet church service with just two witnesses because of a ban on social gatherings due to the spread of coronavirus.
With the food for their big day already ordered by catering company Galloping Gourmet, they decided to donate it to NHS staff at two hospitals and they were able to feed 400 people.
Fiona – nee Bromyard – and partner HGV driver Adam, 30, from Hull, East Yorks., had been planning their wedding for just over a year.
Fiona, 31, said: ‘We were catering for 120 day guests, and as the venue pulled out at the last minute the catering firm had bought it all in.
‘We were having a roast beef dinner, canapes and a hog roast in the evening.
‘That would have been a lot to go to waste.
‘When Tony Norrie from the catering company called us up to ask to donate we didn’t give it a second thought.’
The pair had paid £250 for their own beef but the £2,500 they’ve paid to Galloping Gourmet still remains in credit – as the charity has footed the bill for the big feed.
The company are hanging on to their money so they can cater the wedding party at a later date.
Galloping Gourmet owner and Hull4Heroes volunteer and Royal Navy veteran Tony Norrie packed up his horsebox trailer and served food to NHS staff to say thank you for all their hard work during the pandemic.
Charity founder Paul Matson said they felt ‘choked up’ as they served hog roast sandwiches to hungry NHS staff outside Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital in Hull, East Yorks., at the weekend.
He said: ‘Everyone was delighted, even the head of the hospital came out and thanked us, so we made everyone happy and that’s exactly what we wanted to do.
‘As we started and we saw the queue forming I think we were all a bit choked up. It was a really nice way for us to do something.
‘A few even put tears in our eyes just saying, “Look, this is absolutely wonderful, thank you so much”.
Fiona said: ‘The reaction we have had for doing this is absolutely amazing, but of course the real heroes here are the charity workers.
‘We’re just happy to help bring a bit of light in the middle of all this. It is times such as these when you realise what’s important.
‘The fact that we managed to help in some way because of this is a silver lining.’
Although the day wasn’t what they had planned, Fiona said the important thing was that they were able to say ‘I do’.
She added: ‘The main thing for me and Adam is that we got married and we are together.
‘We really wanted to get married on the 21 March as I lost my mum six years ago and that is her birthday.
‘Our wedding was very low key, but we got dressed for the occasion and had my brother and mother-in-law as witnesses.
‘We then went home, changed out of our clothes and had some champagne and cake.’