A Birmingham couple with heads for business and a passion for music are forsaking wedding presents to help children with special needs.
Lou Jones and Chris Monk have put out a plea to those attending their summer wedding to make a donation to a great cause instead of buying them a gift.
Lou, who is chief executive of management consultancy C3 Consulting, and her partner Chris, the senior partner at international property consultancy King Sturge, are determined that children should be given the gift of music when they get hitched on August 2 at St Paul’s Church, in St Paul’s Square, Birmingham.
They are both members of the fund-raising events committee at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and are urging guests to dig deep to help support an education project running in conjunction with the National Institute for Conductive Education in Birmingham.
The programme uses music to help youngsters with a variety of special needs with a particular focus on those suffering motor disorders, such as cerebral palsy as well as children with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, as well as physical disability. Lou, aged 46 and Chris, 60 are funding a course for up to 12 children, led by members of the symphony orchestra, which will focus on creative music-making, culminating in a Christmas show.
If enough money is raised the additional cash will also be used to fund a six-week multi-media project which will include a video artist being taken on.
An animator will then work with the children to produce a film to accompany the Christmas compositions.
Lou, from Moseley, said: “There is no wedding list, not at Harrod's, Harvey Nicks, or anywhere for that matter.
“We believe passionately in the importance of music in cultural, social and intellectual development which is why we are asking people to join us and support this very worthwhile scheme which will be of tremendous benefit to these children.”
CBSO chief executive, Stephen Maddock, said: “The success of our education work relies on the generosity of supporters like Lou and Chris. This is a splendid gesture and we wish them both a happy day and many years of matrimonial harmony.”