In 2011 whilst working as a Catering & Events Manager Suzanne Stevenson received an email from a man who's partner was terminally ill and they were due to be married in 5 weeks time. The couple didn't have catering for their wedding guests. Suzanne was delighted to help and provided the catering for the wedding. That email really touched Suzanne, so much so Suzanne wanted to volunteer with a charity that helps terminally ill people get married, there was nothing she could find in the whole of Scotland, she vowed one day she would set up a charitable organisation to provide this.
Life was crazy busy, running a business and juggling her family, she never quite found the time to set one up, but it was always a thought at the back of her mind.
Suzanne volunteered for several charities and hosted numerous charity events, from coffee mornings, fundraisers, race nights and charity balls, but the that desire to set up a wedding charity didn't go away.
January 2020, Suzanne was tagged in a post on social media by her neighbour and friend Lauren Roy Sutherland. The post was similar to the email Suzanne received before, a terminally ill bride to be requesting help from suppliers to help her get married urgently. The support from local businesses and members of the public rallying round to make this possible was overwhelming.
"If ever I was waiting for a sign this was it"
Suzanne approached Lauren for advice on how to make this happen, Lauren is the Chairperson of
The Renfrewshire Toy Bank so has experience of setting up and running a non profit organisation.
Suzanne was blown away with Lauren's passion, knowledge and advice, she knew she needed to have her onboard.
"We put our heads together and Wedding Wish Makers was born"