Naomi Thomas, founder of the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, received the British Empire Medal (BEM) for charitable services to terminally ill people in the Queen’s birthday honours last week.
Naomi, who lives in Wellington, launched the The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation in 2012 to organise and fund weddings for terminally ill people. Her personal story provided the inspiration for the foundation.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and wanted to marry her fiance, Graham but the financial consequences of her illness meant that a wedding was not possible. However, with the help of a wedding planner who found suppliers prepared to offer services for free, she was able to get married in 2012. Her experience led her to set up the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation to help others achieve their wedding dreams.
The foundation offers help to those with terminal illnesses or life-limiting conditions who would like to marry but have limited time to organise their wedding.