Give Your Dress A Second Life Because Some Babies Don’t Get One
Yvonne Trimble, a lady who donated her wedding dress to be made into burial gowns for stillborn babies says she is overwhelmed by the response she has received since she announced her donation in a Facebook post on January 3rd.
Writing on Facebook she said: “Deciding in May 2015 that I would never wear my wedding dress again, I sent it to a charity that turns donated dresses into little gowns for babies who are stillborn or who die shortly after birth.”
“Yesterday they sent me pictures of what they had made with my dress and 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.”
Ms Trimble posted pictures of the gowns, each of which is unique, decorated with the original embroidery from her wedding dress.
She posted the images to raise awareness of a UK based charity, Cherished Gowns, whose volunteers create the gowns for bereaved parents.
In a further post, Ms Trimble said Cherished Gowns had received donations of over £1,000 and pledges from 4,500 people who want to donate their wedding dresses.
According to the NHS, there are more than 3,600 stillbirths every year in the UK, with around one in every 200 pregnancies ending in a stillbirth. Despite this relative frequency, stillbirth is rarely mentioned by parents who have suffered through it – making stories like Ms Trimble’s all the more important.
After receiving so much attention, Cherished Gowns is not accepting dress donations for the time being, but they are still calling for volunteers with skills in sewing, knitting and crocheting to make the gowns.