TWO NHS workers are hosting the wedding of their dreams in a luxurious Monmouthshire country house – thanks to champion cycling champion Geraint Thomas.
Tour de France winner Mr Thomas, 35, decided to thank rescue workers Evie Evans and Mathew Howson for their work at the NHS during the pandemic.
And he lays a wedding day worth £ 35,000 for the couple at his own country house in Monmouthshire, where he married his wife.
Mr Thomas and his wife Sara, 30, loved their wedding day so much that they bought the country house for other couples to enjoy their big day.
They tied the knot at St Tewdrics House, just outside Chepstow, in October 2015, after buying the Monmouthshire property for £ 2.5million the same year.
St Tewdrics competition winners Matt Howsen and Evie Evans and their cocker spaniel Freddie
Although the six-bedroom Italian-style villa is run like a business, the Thomases wanted to offer a free wedding to a couple deserving of their work during the pandemic.
The bride-to-be Ms Evans, 25, from York, is set to marry her fiancé Mr Howson, 27, after the two NHS physiotherapists were chosen as the lucky couple.
They will now enjoy a ceremony worth £ 35,000 – complete with the cake, the flowers, the photographer, catering and even the bride’s makeup.
Mr Thomas – whose mother Hilary, 65, is a nurse – also raised more than £ 325,000 for the NHS at the height of the pandemic last year by cycling for 12 hours at a time.
He said: “During the pandemic, the St Tewdrics team, my wife, Sara, and I wanted to make some sort of gesture to recognize the efforts of our amazing key workers. We felt this competition could help show our appreciation.
“Our brilliant suppliers have stepped up to offer everything you could possibly want for a wedding and we are very happy to be able to offer this award to Evie and Matt and to welcome them to St Tewdrics House.
“All the nominations were very emotional, but it was clear that Evie and Matt did all they could to help people through a really difficult time. We wish them the best of luck and hope their marriage will be all that is needed. ‘they wish and more. ”
Future Mr and Mrs Howson both work for the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and have seen their roles change dramatically during the pandemic.
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Mr Howson, from Cardiff, said: “That side of my job has increased tenfold during the pandemic as many people have had their appointments canceled and have had physical and mental health issues.”
Caroline Sims, director of operations and marketing at St Tewdrics House, said: “It was evident from entering the competition that Matt and Evie went above and beyond during the pandemic to provide care and hope for their patients.
“We hope Matt and Evie have a wonderful day and wish them a happy life.”