Sheffield couple ditch wedding gifts to help in cancer fight

Debra Taylor has asked for donations to Cancer Research in lieu of presents ahead of her wedding to Stephen Gray
Debra Taylor has asked for donations to Cancer Research in lieu of presents ahead of her wedding to Stephen Gray
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A bride-to-be who endured a cancer scare is calling on her wedding guests to ditch the gifts and donate to charity.

Debra Taylor and Steve Gray, from Ecclesfield, will tie the knot in front of 120 family and friends at Sheffield Register Office on Saturday.

But instead of bringing a gift for the happy couple, guests are urged to donate to Cancer Research UK instead.

Bricklayer Steve, aged 51, said Debra, 49, came up with the idea after having a cancer scare.

He said: “Earlier in the year Debra went for a mammogram and they found a lump.

“Thank God it was benign. We have never been so scared in our lives.

“Cancer must be one of the most feared words.

“We have had family and friends lose their lives to this terrible illness, so Debra came up with the idea and I thought it was fantastic.

“She doesn’t want any wedding presents but has created a celebration page for Cancer Research.”

The page has already attracted donations totalling more than £400 and the couple hope to add to this before their big day arrives.

After a ceremony at Sheffield Town Hall, they will have a reception at the Players Lounge, in Ecclesfield before the couple jet off to Italy on honeymoon.

Steve said he is ‘so proud’ of Debra, a cook at the cafe in Morrisons, in Ecclesfield.

Steve, who met Debra three-and-a-half years ago, added: “I want people to know what a special lady I am going to marry – I’m just so proud of her.

“We met through friends,we went out for a drink been together ever since.

“We have six grown-up children between us – Daniel, Scott, Jonathan, Joe, another Daniel and one girl called Charlotte. We’re one big happy family.”

n To donate, search for the couple’s name at www.giveincelebration.
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