Sheffield key worker and fiancé vying to win dream France wedding – and they need your help
A Sheffield woman who worked through her maternity leave to help provide vital PPE for frontline NHS workers battling coronavirus is vying to win a dream wedding for herself and her fiancé.
Ashleigh Nuttall, 32, and her husband-to-be Cole Bonney, 25, from Ecclesfield, got engaged while on holiday in Majorca last year and had set about planning their big day.
A fairytale wedding abroad had always been a dream for the pair but, when the coronavirus struck, they were forced to put their plans on hold.
Instead Ashleigh, who was around seven months pregnant at the time, was working harder than ever as Operations Manager for Killis Cleaners, and its sister company I-Team, which supplies cleaning equipment, machines and PPE to various NHS, healthcare private sector sites across the world.
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As the pandemic worsenened and the business diversified, she took the decision to delay her maternity leave – leaving work just two days before she gave birth to the couple’s son, Hendrix, on May 9.
Cole, an electrician, initially wasn’t allowed into the hospital and he had to miss many appointments due to Covid-19 but despite this, Ashleigh said it’s still been a magical time for them both as new parents.
Ashleigh said: “When the country was struggling to get PPE we, as a company, already had the sources to get it so we tried to get the supplies but a lot had sold out so we had to try and branch out to get new supplies.
"I said to my director let me get involved. In my previous job I worked in logistics and I started getting involved in shipping the goods from various countries so we could supply companies like Bupa, the NHS, all the private healthcare sectors.
"I knew I could help at a time when people were going through horrendous things – it was my one good thing I could do and I wanted to continue doing it as long as I could.
"Obviously I’m not a healthcare worker – I physically couldn’t save a life – but bringing in PPE was still important to make sure people were protected.”
After all they’ve been through, Ashleigh and Cole decided to enter a competition to win a dream wedding worth £60,000 at a chateau in France.
Now, they are among the final 14 couples and need to gain the most likes on a picture of themselves on Instagram to beat other key worker couples from across the world.
They have until Wednesday, July 29, when voting closes.
Ashleigh added: “It would mean the world to win. Going through what has been a bad year for everybody not just us – we’ve now got a little family and Cole has always wanted to have his son at the wedding.
"To finally see all our friends and family and celebrate the birth of Hendrix and our love all together, it would just be amazing.”
The wedding venue have posted a photo of each couple of their Instagram page.
You can vote for Ashleigh and Cole by liking their photograph here.