The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation
Naomi Thomas is not only a terrific wife and mother but also an inspirational figure within the wedding industry; using her terminal illness as a way to help others wedding dreams become realities.
When Naomi of Somerset discovered that her cancer was incurable her son was just 6 days old, unaware of the cruel hand life had dealt him.
Although an awful discovery for any family Naomi admirably saw the positives, using her condition as a way to focus on what really counts in life, love and the eternal bond of marriage.
When Naomi first received the news her eagerness to marry her partner was greatly strengthened, allowing her to understand what really matters to her.
Reflecting on her experience she decided to launch her own charity that helped those with a terminal illness get married, devoid of the stress and cost heavily associated with wedding planning.
The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation was founded in 2012 and has provided many happy couples with the wedding day they deserve. The foundation caters to every minute detail, partnering with the best wedding suppliers of the UK to offer couples the finest celebration free of charge.
Naomi won The Daily Mail's Inspirational Woman of the Year Award last November in recognition of her work for the charity.
It was on the back of this award that she was approached by publishers Harper Collins who wanted Naomi to write a story for them, using it as part of their e-book series, HarperTrue. This autobiographical book is an earnest narrative of the struggles and joys that she has experienced, using her last months to give something back to world.
She released her autobiography on the day of her second wedding anniversary, a day that held great significance for her family.
‘It was the phone call of a lifetime'
‘They gave me advice on how to write it and it's all my own words. I found once I started I couldn't stop. They asked me for 18,000-20,000 words and my first draft was 38,000!
‘I requested that it be published on June 6, my wedding anniversary, when I knew I would renew my vows.'
It was exactly two years after they married at St Audries Park, Somerset, where they renewed their vows last year.
‘I don't know how long I am going to be here, so we always renew our vows on our anniversary,' Naomi told.
‘Graham and I always write our own vows, we update them every year and say what we're thankful for and how we feel about each other.
‘Devon walked me down the aisle this time carrying balloons and at the end we lit candles together.'
Naomi was 26 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Graham had proposed just two days earlier. The theme of marriage is what has kept them fighting through this time of hardship.