Wedding win for local couple

Anne Cantlay and her fianc� Michael Noble won a competition to win their wedding
Anne Cantlay and her fianc� Michael Noble won a competition to win their wedding

A Hatton couple have won their wedding after entering a radio competition held in aid of charity Cash for Kids.

Anne Cantlay signed herself and fiancé Michael Noble up for the Northsound 1 competition after she spotted it online at work.

The couple first got engaged when their son Jack (5) was 6-months-old.

They didn’t have any wedding plans as their priority was trying to save for a house and then their daughter Sophie (nearly 3) came along.

Northsound presenters Mickey and Susie phoned Anne to tell her they had made it to the finals, meaning they had just two weeks to raise as much money as they could for Cash for Kids.

In the first week of fundraising, friends, family and Hatton residents helped the couple by donating raffle prizes and money.

Graham and Shonah Taylor from Hatton Market started a Win the Hamper competition, Anne’s sister set up a lucky squares competition on Facebook with a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes as the prize, Anne’s other sister Susan created calendars featuring handprints of pupils from Hatton Cruden School, while other residents made up quizzes and various other fundraising activities.

A soup and sweet was organised and was a huge success, as was a bag pack at Tesco Ellon.

Russell Buchan at the Mither Tap Bar in Aberdeen allowed the couple to use the venue for a pub quiz and Anne and her sister Sarah went behind the bar and held a domino competition in the Saplinbrae Hotel, Mintlaw.

At the start of the second week, a fun day during the day and disco at night was held in Hatton Hall and the next day a Boogie Bounce by Angie Urquhart and Spinning Class by Gregor took place at the MACBI Community Hub in Mintlaw.

This was followed by a special Highland Hustle by Louise Henderson with all proceeds going to Cash for Kids.

A bingo night was arranged at the Saplinbrae Hotel with Rory the Rookie from ‘The Mart’ as bingo caller.

On the last day Anne organised a bag pack at Tesco Inverurie.

Donations were given by KP Plant, J K R Contractors Limited, Jim Jamieson Quarries Ltd, PTM Plant Construction & Plant Hire, Aberdein Considine, Power Jacks, George Mathers & Company and St Olaf, Cruden Bay.

The couple raised nearly £12,000 and won the competition.

Anne said: “We are ecstatic that we won, it’s unbelievable.

“Michael and I can’t thank everyone enough for their donations. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone and the community of Hatton throughout the whole two weeks.

“A special thanks to close family, extended family and friends, my work and Michael’s work for giving us some time off and also those who helped with our kids.

“Without their support we would have never of raised so much money for Cash for Kids.”

Anne and Michael will marry at The Village in Kingswells in September.