JACKfm BRINGS JOY TO NHS WORKERS WITH THE WEDDING THEY THOUGHT WASN’T GOING TO HAPPEN
- Following the cancellation of their wedding due to Covid-19, JACKfm arranges virtual wedding for paramedic, Steffan Frost, and Modern Matron, Louise Kibbey, both from Abingdon in Oxfordshire.
- JACKfm has secured support from local businesses to make what would have been their Wedding Day a day to remember for all the right reasons; with donations including a wedding cake, flowers, food & drink, videography service – and even a celebrant to lead the ceremony!
- The wedding will take place at 12pm on Wednesday 29 April attended by friends and family via Zoom, with well-wishers invited to join via Facebook Live:
26 April 2020, Oxford: Oxfordshire radio station JACKfm, the most awarded local commercial radio station in UK radio history, has stepped in to make sure that what would have been the wedding day for two special NHS workers will still be a special day that they will remember for the rest of their lives. Abingdon-based Modern Matron, Louise Kibbey, and her paramedic fiancé, Steffan Frost – who has only recently recovered from coronavirus himself – were due to be married at Lapstone Barn in the North Cotswolds on Wednesday 29 April. However, due to the global pandemic, they saw their plans quickly disintegrate, and their dream day was unfortunately cancelled.
When JACKfm heard of their plight, the team behind the JACKfm Breakfast Show, JACK’s Morning Glory, quickly jumped into action, arranging an alternative virtual wedding day with the intention of giving the kind couple a reason to smile, instead of a day to feel sad about. As well as securing the services of award-winning celebrant, Lynn Tierney, JACKfm has arranged for a host of local Oxfordshire businesses to step in and help to create a one-of-a-kind wedding day.
A bespoke wedding cake has been created for the couple courtesy of Wealden House Kitchen, flowers and food for a delicious Wedding Breakfast has been provided courtesy of Waitrose Abingdon, and a range of craft beers has been donated by Bicester’s Wriggly Monkey Brewery. The couple will even be given special wedding underwear to put on for their big day, courtesy of sustainable underwear company, Y.O.U. Underwear, while a listener in Banbury has donated her wedding dress to Louise to wear on the special day. In addition, screen shots and video content of the happy couple and their guests in attendance will be innovatively curated and edited by videographer Olivia Wittet of The Lens People, giving Louise and Steffan a lasting memento of their unique, virtual wedding. In a final twist, the JACKfm will also reveal another incredible, special surprise for the couple on their Wedding Day.
Bride-to-be Louise said: “We are so grateful to all the team at JACKfm for giving us something to look forward to on what would have been our wedding day. We know that we’d have felt sad otherwise –now we have a really fun and exciting day to look forward to, celebrating with our family and friends instead!”
Trevor Marshall, presenter of JACKfm Breakfast Show JACK’s Morning Glory, said: “When we heard about Louise and Steffan’s wedding day being cancelled, we had to step in and see if we could bring a smile to their faces on what would have been their big day. As NHS workers, they’ve been working tirelessly to help others during this unprecedented crisis – Steffan even contracted coronavirus himself as a result of his efforts – and so the JACKfm team wanted to do something to say thank you and to give something back to them. We’re thrilled we got an invite to the big day too!”
Instead of wedding gifts, the couple have asked for donations to be made to Oxford Hospitals Charity, which supports patients and staff working across local Oxfordshire hospitals. Donations can be made via the JACKfm JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jackfmvirtuallymarried.
Join in the wedding celebrations via Facebook Live from 12pm on Wednesday 29 April.
JACKfm is available on FM and DAB across Oxfordshire, and online at www.jackfm.co.uk