Jo-Anne, 34 and Kevin 39, are celebrating after winning the Birmingham Mail’s Win a Wedding competition.
After friends, family and even total strangers collected thousands of tokens from the Birmingham Mail and Sunday Mercury, the Northfield couple found out the great news yesterday at the New Hall Hotel and Spa after beating 100’s of entrants.
The celebrations are hugely welcomed after what has been an emotionally challenging year for the family. In July 2015, their twins Oscar and Noah were born 15 weeks prematurely and sadly, Noah died 30 hours later.
Oscar spent several months in hospital with Mum, Dad and big brother Ben by his side. The beautiful little fella faces his own health problems, including suspected cerebral palsy.
Jo told us: “We don’t know exactly when we will get married but hoping in April next year.
“It means everything for us to win. After a tough 12 months it means all our family and friends can come together and look forward to a beautiful celebration.
“The support we have received from strangers, friends and family has been amazing. We are completely overwhelmed by how much people have done to help us. They have collected tokens, donated money, shared our posts, sent beautiful comments and spent hours cutting and sticking tokens. We are just so grateful to every single person that has been a part of our journey.”
Close family friend Michelle Phillips told us: “I think they are made for each other and deserve every happiness for the future.
“I’m honoured to be friends with such strong yet kind unassuming people, they have many hurdles to face too in the future and I’m hoping to support them throughout.
“The community spirit this has generated is phenomenal.”
Jo, an ex registered manager of care homes has decided to utilise her skills and experiences of the past 12 months to set up an organisation called Sociability Care.
The not-for-profit organisation aims to deliver disability and safeguarding awareness sessions to groups and provide free training and support to individuals with disabilities and their families.
You can see the moment when Jo and Kevin were announced competition winners and read more of their story on the Birmingham Mail website.