Two paramedics who won a wedding prize worth £10,000 have finally been able to tie the knot after Covid delays.
Coventry paramedics Megan Barker and Tristan Holmes were due to marry in May 2020 in Gloucestershire. After having to cancel their original plans, the couple entered the competition, which was open to any frontline NHS workers who had been forced to postpone wedding plans due to the pandemic.
Around 100 couples entered the competition, and the paramedics discovered they had won just days before their original wedding was set to take place. The organisers of the competition, Rugby School, launched it as a way to show gratitude to NHS workers during the pandemic.
Barker, 29, and Holmes, 32, who both work for West Midlands Ambulance Service in Coventry, rescheduled their special day to February this year. Due to another lockdown, plans had to be pushed to October.
Wedding RSVPs came in thick and fast as the couple’s family and friends were thrilled to be able to gather at the venue to celebrate. This included the groom’s uncle from Germany, who was able to travel to the UK for the ceremony. The ceremony took place at Rugby School at a cost of £2,500 for the venue, which was included in the prize fund. A £2,700 catering fee was also included in the prize total.
Holmes told the BBC that it was amazing to see their loved ones all in the same place to help them enjoy their memorable day.