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An outpouring of gratitude has been given to a woman who donated her wedding dress to be made into funeral garments for stillborn babies.

After Yvonne Trimble, from Edinburgh, donated her wedding dress to the UK charity, Cherished Gowns for Angel Babies UK, for her dress to be transformed into funeral garments for stillborn babies, Yvonne shared an image of the tiny dresses that had been made by the charity on Facebook.

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Image source: Facebook

 

Yvonne wrote a touching post to accompany the image:

“A mix of emotions swept over me when I received them; pride that I’d done something good, sadness that it’s necessary for these gowns to have to be made, relief that I’ve never known this heartbreak, and a sense of thankfulness that volunteers around the country give up their time to produce such comforting garments,” she wrote.

She added:

“I post these pictures not to shout my worth, but to advertise the charity that does this wonderful work; they need volunteers to knit, sew, crochet and they need donations of all manner of stuff, not just dresses, so if you care to look at their website it may be that more little souls will be helped.”

She was instantly inundated with messages of support and gratitude for her gesture.  The post has now been shared over 100,000 times around the world.

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Image Source: Facebook

Yvonne told the Daily Mail that the response to her post was ‘overwhelming’.  

“I’ve had messages from all over the world, over 7,500 friend requests, and found myself having to hide behind a clothes rail in a shop when I overheard two women discussing the post. It’s surreal!” She said, “I don’t personally know anyone who suffered a loss like this until I started receiving emails and messages from friends and other people around the world who had seen my post.

“It’s incredible how many families have gone through the trauma of losing a tiny soul, and it’s quite clear from their words that the pain and numbness never leave, they just carry it with them every day as they go on about the business of living, but without the child they had hoped to raise.”

According to the charity around 17 babies are stillborn or pass away shortly after birth every day in the UK – but because of their size grieving parents often struggle to find anything appropriate for them to be buried in.  Within half an hour of Yvonne’s Facebook post, the charity were flooded with offers of dress donations.   

Megan McKay, Co-founder of the charity told The Daily Mail that the response to Yvonne’s post has been extraordinary.  “The number of volunteer sewers tripled from 250 to 750 overnight, and after three days we have now closed our waiting list for donating a dress as it currently stands at 8,800 people!”

  • She did something really remarkable!

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  • Trying not to cry reading this…
    so very beautiful and very touching…
    Is there a charity in Australia that does this??
    I have never known a loss like this either but do know people that have and it is heart breaking.

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  • What an amazing idea! I think that it’s a beautiful thing to have something to dress these precious angels in. I have mixed emotions – the highest admiration for all the people involved in an organisation like this and sadness for those parents having to go through such loss.

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  • It is truelly beautiful. I had already heard of the one in Australia. There wasn’t anything like this around when I had my stillborn daughter

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  • Truly lovely…..like aprilb1 has noted we here in Australia have this as well.
    Angel Gowns Australia http://angelgownsaustralia.org.au/


    • Thanks Cherz for sharing this link with the community.

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  • A moving article and an incredible and beautiful way to use a wedding dress.

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  • What a fantastic charity and what an amazing lady.

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  • I really wish I’d been offered a garment like that when my baby died. It would have been wonderful.

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  • Oh my gosh! That is an astounding statistic!! These charities are doing wonderful things for the grieving parents.

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  • Losing a baby through a still birth is harrowing for the patents and families. I was lucky to enough to have a happy and healthy baby weeks apart from a work colleague who lost hers through still birth. Years later I still have a sense of guilt (for no logical reason). Donating a wedding dress to this cause is such a wonderful gesture.

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  • Wow this is lovely, i know of a group in Australia that do it also, it’s Angel Gowns Australia http://angelgownsaustralia.org.au/


    • oh wow. it is not a place that i have heard of before.

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  • wow that is really lovely. i think that this would be the last thing that you would want to think about at a time like that, so this would be helpful to those poor families. maybe they could cut a strip just for the parents that want a piece, to help be connected to their child. what a thoughtful lady for sure!. she achieved the awareness that she wanted!

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  • Lke it

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