After years of working seven days a week without a break for their animal charity, a couple are finally about to go on a long overdue honeymoon.
When Roy and Annie Marriott tied the knot four years ago they wore their work clothes and went straight back to work caring for rescued animals at their Little Irchester charity Animals in Need.
After spending their money on the charity’s new headquarters following their move from Northampton the previous year, the couple opted for a low-key affair and no honeymoon.
But next month they will finally take a break when they fly out to the Bahamas for a 10-day holiday.
Annie, 42, said: “When we got married we went to Wellingborough Town Hall in our work clothes, then we came back and went straight back to work.
“We really wanted to get married and things were not going to permit us to have any time off.
“We had only moved to Little Irchester about one year before and we were too busy building the place up.
“I knew we would never be able to get away. We always do seven days a week – we like to keep busy.”
It won’t be all fun in the sun for the hard-working couple as they can’t resist raising some money for their charity while they are away.
Annie will conquer her fear of sharks by diving with hammerhead and reef sharks in a bid to raise £2,000 for Animals in Need.
Her Just Giving page already boasts 31 donations and she is appealing for more.
She said: “Every year I try to do a sponsored event to raise money. In the past I have shaved my head, done a skydive and a climbed Mount Snowdon.
“I’m really scared of sharks so I thought it would be a good idea to conquer my fear. I’m excited but I am nervous about leaving the sanctuary.”
They also plan to meet staff from the local animal shelter in the Bahamas.
To sponsor Annie’s shark dive, visit www.justgiving.com/Annie-Marriott4.