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Royal request for charitable donations, not gifts could indirectly help BC kids

(Courtesy BC Children's Hospital Foundation)

BC Children's Hospital hopes married couples-to-be will forgo party favours and gifts in exchange for donations

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have seven designated charities for their wedding

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Taking a hint from Prince Harry, the operators of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation hope local couples getting married say ‘no thanks’ to gifts.

They’re also being asked to forgo handing out party favours to their guests.

The foundation’s Pamela Smith says the idea isn’t unique to Kensington Palace, which recently announced the prince and his future bride Meghan Markle have seven designated charities for their wedding in London on May 19th.

“We have an option where you have personalized tent cards and a poster that you can display at your wedding reception saying that, instead of sugared almonds or candy, the bride and groom have chosen to make a donation to be BC Children’s Hospital.”

Smith says even couples opting for destination weddings are setting up a registry online.

“They can just ask people to go on and donate to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation for them. People are always looking for fun ways of making their guests feel more involved and more connected to the things they care about and that they value.”

She’s also praising Harry and Meghan for making this decision because they’re wealthy enough to buy their own crock pot.

“What do you get the couple that has everything? And, they’ve certainly demonstrated such class and caring in giving back to these charities they care so deeply about.”

Click here for more details about how you can register your wedding online.