Wedding bonus for Natasha and Grant

Left to right - Michelle Ferguson, charity manager, Cash for Kids, with Grant Reid and Natasha Matthew, who won the Win Your Wedding competition
Left to right - Michelle Ferguson, charity manager, Cash for Kids, with Grant Reid and Natasha Matthew, who won the Win Your Wedding competition

An Ellon couple have won their dream wedding day by raising thousands of pounds for a North-east children’s charity.

Natasha Matthew and Grant Reid collected more than £12,000 in the annual Win Your Wedding fundraising competition in aid of Cash for Kids.

The pair were top of the list of six couples who raised more than £57,000.

They took on a wide range of fundraising challenges, including a five-a-side football tournament, pub quizzes, coffee mornings, auctions, bucket collections, a duck race, bag-packing and sponsored leg waxing and beard-shavings.

On offer for the couple who raised the most money was an exclusive wedding package at a leading four-star Aberdeenshire hotel.

Natasha and Grant, who met at school and got engaged eight years ago, are extremely proud of their achievement.

She said: “Grant and I have really enjoyed raising the money for Cash for Kids, but we could not have done it without all of our supporters who have been so generous with their time and money.

“We really can’t thank everyone enough and we can’t wait to start planning our big day as soon as possible.”

The reward is a special wedding day at the Meldrum Country House Hotel.

The winners’ wedding package, which is worth around £25,000, includes a reception in the new ballroom, which opened last year.

Over the past six years the Win Your Wedding contest has seen couples who are planning to tie the knot raise more than £185,000 for Cash for Kids, which supports disabled and disadvantaged local children and young people.

Michelle Ferguson, Cash for Kids charity manager, said: “We are very grateful to our couples who have all made such an amazing effort to collectively raise more than £57,000.

“Every penny that the couples raised is distributed to individual children, families and community groups in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, making a huge difference to their lives.”