Christmas wedding boost for lifeboat appeal

Iain Caufield and Elaine Chaplin with a wedding guest making a donation to the Amble Shannon appeal.
Iain Caufield and Elaine Chaplin with a wedding guest making a donation to the Amble Shannon appeal.

Christmas newlyweds from north Northumberland are set to provide Amble RNLI with a special festive boost to its lifeboat appeal.

Iain Caufield and Elaine Chaplin, from Hadston, were married during a Christmas Eve ceremony at Morpeth Town Hall.

Instead of wedding presents, the couple asked if their guests could make a donation to the charity’s ongoing appeal for a state-of-the-art Shannon-class lifeboat. The donations were placed in a collection bucket during the wedding reception and the money is now being counted.

Elaine, who works as an early years practitioner at the Children’s Centre in Amble, said: “We’ve been engaged for three years and have already set up our home, so we didn’t really need any traditional wedding presents.

“Through my role at the Children’s Centre and as a mother, I regularly visit the beach and really appreciate the peace of mind that Amble RNLI and its volunteer crewmembers offer. They’re at the heart of our community, keeping it safe and they could even be called out during their Christmas dinners.

“Iain proposed at Christmas, so naturally it’s a really important time of the year for us. We wanted to mark the occasion by making a special gesture and couldn’t think of a more worthwhile cause than helping to fund Amble’s next generation of lifesaving vessel.”

Amble RNLI Coxswain John Connell said: “We’re really touched by Iain and Elaine’s thoughtful gesture and thank everyone who has contributed to the donation. The money will provide a vital boost to our Shannon-class lifeboat appeal.

“Everyone at Amble RNLI sends their warmest congratulations to Iain and Elaine and wishes them a very happy Christmas.”