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Engagement Under the Stars

There was romance as well as sunshine at Calvert Trust Kielder last week when we had a marriage proposal at the Sky Den.

Civil engineer Steve Flanagan proposed to his girlfriend Emma Giff amidst the romantic and unique surroundings of the Sky Den - and of course she said yes!

Steve, who lives and works in Holland during the week and comes back to Liverpool to visit Emma every weekend, was inspired after they both watched George Clarke's 'Amazing Spaces' TV series on Channel 4 last year.

The Sky Den featured heavily throughout the series and they were both really impressed by the structure and building process but had never been to Kielder before.

So, in December last year, Steve booked a stay in the Sky Den without speech and language therapist Emma's knowledge and started planning the proposal.  Months of planning later, including roping Emma’s mum in to pretend she was taking Emma away for a birthday treat and hence why she needed to pack, the time was finally here.

Steve flew home and surprised Emma last Tuesday evening and headed up to Kielder the following day.  Emma had no idea where she was going and even when they arrived at Calvert Trust Kielder didn’t make the Sky Den connection. 

So she was absolutely stunned when Steve took her to the Sky Den and said that’s where they were staying for the following two nights.  That evening Steve prepared a romantic meal, got down on one knee and proposed with a Haribo jelly ring! - although he did say they would be going shopping in Liverpool when they got back home to buy the proper ring!

The following day some of the staff from Calvert Trust Kielder presented them with a bouquet of flowers and bottle of champagne as they had also been in on the secret.  Emma said she didn’t really know if Steve was being serious at the time as it was all a bit surreal but they are looking forward to planning their special day.

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Steve and Emma


Please contact
our Fundraising Team:


Jeremy Duxbury

Tel: 01598 763221


Catherine Little

Tel: 01434 250232

Lake District

Lynn Healey

Tel: 01768 772255



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