A hotel in Bath is set to give away a dream wedding to an NHS hero as part of an ongoing partnership with charitable organisation Operation Recuperation.
Operation Recuperation has been working with 20 of the hardest-hit hospital trusts throughout the pandemic and has gifted almost 1,000 stays and experiences to NHS staff.
Alongside the organisation, Apex Hotels is giving away a total of five weddings or civil ceremonies to deserving couples in Bath, Edinburgh, Dundee and London.
In Bath, the Apex City of Bath Hotel will play host to a deserving couple looking to hold their nuptials in the historic city.
The lucky couple will be treated to all the essentials to make their wedding day special, thanks to the hotel and its network of key suppliers, with celebrations for up to 50 people being laid on.
The property will provide one winning couple with a three-course wedding breakfast, drinks package, evening buffet, top table flowers, ceremony room hire and upgraded wedding night accommodation.
Trusted suppliers will also contribute to each of the celebrations, with flowers, cake, DJ, hairdresser and make-up, covering almost every element of the dream big day.
The lucky couple will be selected from over 4,000 vetted front-line NHS workers who were invited to apply to Operation Recuperation over the course of the pandemic, many of whom have had to postpone or cancel their wedding plans as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.
Apex Hotels began its partnership with Operation Recuperation earlier in the year, gifting 10 overnight stays at its hotels across the UK to nominated NHS workers as a well-deserved break.
Kim Wilkinson, Group Director of Sales for Apex Hotels, said: “We’re thrilled to be working again with Operation Recuperation – this time to turn deserving NHS workers’ dream big days into reality.
“Across five of our UK properties, including our Bath location, we’ll be providing wedding packages worth a total of £30,000.
“Thanks to the unbelievable generosity of our trusted network of suppliers, we’ll be able to add lots of little touches to ensure a special day for each of our lucky couples.
“Our NHS heroes in England have worked exceptionally hard over the course of the past year and, like many others, have had major milestone moments like weddings either postponed or totally cancelled as a result.
“We want to do our bit to say ‘thank you’ for all they do by helping in any way we can – and luckily, we’re pretty good at weddings.”
Rachel Sherwood, founder of Operation Recuperation, added: “When the team at Apex asked if we’d like to help them give away wedding packages to NHS workers who’d had their big days postponed, the answer was a resounding YES!
“We’ve had a lot of superb donations to Operation Recuperation since March 2020 and it’s been a joy to give them away to almost 1,000 staff from the UK’s hardest hit hospitals.
“They’ve all made a difference but this one is extra special as it’ll be creating a lifelong memory for the NHS ‘winners’ and their loved ones. It’s a brilliant idea from a company who have been a joy to partner with and I can’t wait to help them make it a reality.”
Apex City of Bath Hotel is also inviting other local suppliers who wish to help out with the wedding celebrations to contact [email protected] with details on what they do, how they can help and where they are based.
Couples invited to nominate themselves via Operation Recuperation will have until 24th July to apply.