Weston couple’s £3k wedding fund stolen along with sentimental jewellery

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 May 2018

Mel Dawes and Luke Jones were saving up for their wedding in 2020. Picture: Mel Dawes

Mel Dawes and Luke Jones were saving up for their wedding in 2020. Picture: Mel Dawes

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A couple have had their wedding fund worth more than £3,000 stolen from their Weston-super-Mare home.

Mel Dawes and Luke Jones were saving up for their wedding in 2020. Picture: Mel DawesMel Dawes and Luke Jones were saving up for their wedding in 2020. Picture: Mel Dawes

Mel Dawes and Luke Jones had been saving money for their big day, which is due to take place on April 9, 2020.

But after returning to their Colombo Crescent home on from craft shopping for the wedding, they discovered their home had been ransacked, with money, jewellery, electronics and Mel’s car all taken.

A man has been charged in connection with the burglary and was remanded in custody at a court hearing.

Speaking about the ordeal, Mel said: “The house was an absolute tip.

“All our drawers had been emptied on the floor, our bedroom had been turned upside down and everything was trashed.

“What was most upsetting was all my jewellery had been taken, things such as video game consoles and televisions can be replaced, but you can’t put a price on jewellery which is sentimental, such as a charm bracelet Luke got me when we first met, it has gone now and a replacement will never be the same.”

Mel’s Vauxhall Corsa, which was uninsured and kept off road to save money, was found crashed into the side of a garage on the Oldmixon estate hours after the burglary.

The couple had to pay a £75 release fee and £150 for a vehicle carrier to take the car back to their home.

When the pair’s friend Amanda George, a fellow member of Burnham archery club, Coastal Archers, heard about the raid, she decided to set up a fundraising appeal to help them get back on their feet.

So far, a fraction more than £1,000 has been raised and 23-year-old Mel has been ‘overwhelmed’ by people’s generosity.

She said: “Everything apart from the cash is covered by our home insurance, so in total we have lost around £6,000.

“We have spent the last two years saving, so when Amanda told us what she had done we could not believe it.

“People I do not even know and have never met have donated which is amazing.

“I am so grateful to Amanda and everybody who has donated, it means so much to me and Luke.”

To donate to Mel’s fund, log on to www.gofundme.com/archers-wedding-fund-stolen

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