Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tables Turned as Others Help out a Big-Hearted Bride; Those Who Have Been Helped Cheer on Happy Couple

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tables Turned as Others Help out a Big-Hearted Bride; Those Who Have Been Helped Cheer on Happy Couple

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON

BIG-HEARTED Catherine Trillo had the tables turned on her when dozens of people whose lives she has helped turned round gave her a dream wedding.

She set up a charity to work with former alcoholics and drug addicts to create an antiques restoration business selling their wares.

And now, after helping dozens of vulnerable women to turn their lives around, the region gave her a vintage style wedding to remember.

Mum-of-one Catherine takes the needy under her wing to teach them to restore antiques which gives them hope for the future.

But her caring ways urged churchgoers, chefs, dress makers, cake makers, hotel bosses, musicians and many more to donate their time when they put on a celebration at St Luke's Church in Spital Tongues, Newcastle, when she married father-of-five social worker Kim Simpson, 50, on Saturday.

And veteran chef Ian Hutchinson, of Sabatini's restaurant in Newcastle, coordinated the food for the 1930's themed day with the help of a group of make-shift cooks when a group of Christians teamed up with him in the kitchen and served the meals at the reception.

Ian, of Wallsend, North Tyneside, said: "Catherine is such a caring person and loves helping others. She has put her heart and soul into being the Good Samaritan and is very humble with it.

"But now the tables have been turned and everyone just wanted to help Catherine."

Ian, who donated his time for free, added: "Christian helpers peeled three sacks of potatoes, two sacks of carrots, a sack of onions and prepared 90lbs of beef for a tasty traditional stew. They made hundreds of melon balls for the starters and 12 served the food to 150 guests."

Also donating their time to help Catherine are; dressmakers Ruth Delaroy and Louise Duffy, cake-makers Virginia Pattison and Ruth Lee, Andrea Walton and Julie Blyth made the bunting, Helen McIlveen arranged the flowers, Hotel du Vin in Newcastle offered a deluxe room, and one of the founder members of the Northern Sinfonia Tony Cullen, 82, and his wife Sue, played at the wedding service and tea dance reception. …

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