A couple’s wedding day was saved by sacked hotel staff who worked at their reception for FREE – despite the venue closing down.
Adam Sanders and Amanda Mularczyk, both 35, booked their £4,200 party for 200 guests two years ago.
They were devastated when they were given just 48 hours’ notice on Thursday that the hotel was closing down and all the employees were losing their jobs.
But kind-hearted staff pleaded with auditors to keep the venue open a little longer so the couple and their guests could still have their big day on Saturday.
Thankful Adam, an HGV driver, said: “It was an emotional day. What the staff did was absolutely brilliant and so heart-warming.
“Everyone pulled together and we had a wonderful time, we all went out on a high. We are so grateful.”
Amanda, a teaching assistant, said: “It went so well – we will be forever grateful to them.
“We couldn’t have asked for a bigger day.
“The staff worked so hard so we pulled together a collection for them to show our gratitude.
“You never would’ve known that they were working for free.”
Adam added: “I walked into the hotel on Thursday and Kelly our organiser just broke down and we could see it all over her face.
“Her team has been incredible and if it wasn’t for them coming in unpaid it wouldn’t even go ahead.
“They bent over backwards to make it happen – it’s overwhelming.”
A total of 45 staff have lost their jobs at the South Marston Hotel and Leisure Club in Swindon, Wilts – but a third of them turned up to work for nothing.
They had originally been forbidden from telling anyone that the hotel was closing and Adam only found out when he arrived turned up to drop off items for the reception.
Kellie Jones, 34, who has worked at the hotel for 18 years as a conference and banqueting manager, organised the big day.
She said: “There was enough of us to make it happen.
“It’s not like it was the couple’s fault so as a group we decided to get together to work for free.
“We went out with our heads held high.”
Teenage waitress Tilly Bishop, 17, said: “We got the phone call on Monday saying there was a meeting to tell us that we won’t have a job anymore.
“Everyone kicked up a fuss because of the wedding.
“We all wanted to work the wedding – it was a group decision.
“The couple are incredibly grateful and it was nice to help them out.”
Fellow waiter Carmine Franco, 21, added: “It makes me happy to have worked this day.
“Of course we will not get paid but as long as they are happy, we are happy.”
Fifteen of the staff volunteered to help the couple at their reception, some working until 2am.
A handful manned the 60-room hotel through the night for Adam and Amanda who were given a complimentary suite and stayed with around 50 guests.
Most of the staff returned yesterday (sun) morning to provide breakfast for the group.
To show their gratitude Adam and Amanda, parents to Jonah, nine, and Euan, six, passed a collection bucket around their guests and collected £750.
Adam added his week’s overtime to make it up to £1,000 which they donated to the staff, who were told last week they would not be paid this month’s wages.
The hotel ceased trading under the Mecure brand in February and was taken over by Focus Hotels Management Limited.
They announced in May it would close at the end of October but the date was brought forward last week.
In December 2015 owners said it was no longer a viable business and asked to knock the building down to make space for 72 homes.