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Leith foster couple wins dream wedding in competition for NHS front-line workers

Nurses Sarah Hunter and Greg Turner won a wedding worth around £ 12,000 at Eskmills Venue just outside EdinburghNurses Sarah Hunter and Greg Turner won a wedding worth around £ 12,000 at Eskmills Venue just outside Edinburgh

Sarah Hunter, a nurse who cares for premature babies in the neonatal department and Greg Turner, a nurse who cares for very poor acute care patients, are now looking forward to it on Friday, February 12th, 2021 at Eskmills Venue to marry.

The competition, which attracted nearly 200 participants, was launched by award-winning caterers Hickory, the company that manages the Eskmills venue. It was open to doctors at NHS Scotland Hospital and those involved in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

Sarah and Greg, who currently live together in Leith and have been together for nine years, haven’t been able to spend a lot of time together recently as they often work on opposite shifts at RIE.

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They were exposed to COVID-19 daily while going to work and with fewer visits they also felt the effects of increased emotional support from patients and families.

Sarah and Greg’s prize is worth around £ 12,000. The dream wedding includes the exclusive use of the Eskmills Venue, a converted mill building on the riverside in Musselburgh, for 80-day guests and a further 40 evening guests. Drinks, canapés and a 3-course wedding dinner are included as well as photography and videography by Tony Marsh Photography, a classic wedding car from Edinburgh Classic Wedding Cars, a wedding dress by Christina Rae, a bagpiper from GD Bagpiping and 8 yards of kilt rental, stationery from 2Flux Stationery Studio, flowers from Liberty Blooms, and a three-tier wedding cake from Truly Scrumptious.

Sarah, who qualified as a nurse in 2015, and Greg, who qualified as an assistant in 2018 after several years, met at Sarah’s mother’s wedding.

They got engaged last March while on a trip to Venice to celebrate Sarah’s 26th birthday and started touring wedding venues earlier this year.

The couple is now looking forward to creating a rustic, relaxed wedding with lots of flowers and fairy lights.

Sarah said, “Working during the COVID-19 pandemic has been very difficult. It is amazing to find out that we were lucky enough to win this award and it really improved our mood. In addition to the challenges at work, we are personally affected by it.

“We passed ships during the night due to our shift patterns and we both missed our friends and family. Greg’s brother recently became a father for the first time and we couldn’t meet our new nephew Theo which was sad.

“Our friends and family are a big part of our lives. When we know we can look forward to it and all can be together in such a great place on our big day, we can look forward to something.”

Stephanie Stubbs, Vice President of Hickory, said, “Sarah and Greg are great examples of the amazing NHS frontline workers doing such incredible and selfless work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re very excited for them and look forward to working with them to make plans for their big day at Eskmills Venue.”

All contestants will be invited to a complementary party at Eskmills Venue later in the year for an evening of food, drink and fun once lockdown restrictions have been lifted and advice on social distancing has been given.

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