Woman Donates Her Wedding Dress To Make Funeral Gowns For Stillborn Babies

Woman Donates Her Wedding Dress To Make Funeral Gowns For Stillborn Babies

Yvonne Trimble's gesture has inspired many.

When one woman donned her bridal gown on her big day and vowed to love someone until death, she would have never thought that her wedding dress would spark a movement. Yvonne Trimble, who is from Edinburgh, decided to donate her bridal gown, or as Good News Network puts it, "repurpose" her bridal costume to create burial gowns for the families of stillborn babies. She made the donation to Cherished Gowns for Angel Babies UK, the charity that offers grieving parents clothes to dress their stillborns. After posting photos on Facebook of her wedding gown's transformation into burial dresses, she received tons of support from across the globe. According to HuffPost , Trimble inspired more than 8,000 brides to donate their own wedding attired for the cause that's both amazing and heartwrenching at the same time.



Her touching Facebook post read : 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.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.


Many had complicated emotions of praise and sadness for the cause. Kay Downing wrote:  It was a beautiful dress in the first place and it's beautiful in a new way now xx. Lindsey O'Gormley mentioned: Wonderful, heartbreaking and so many other emotions. Thank you Yvonne X Maggie Roundhill added: What a fabulous idea and well done to you for doing this Yvonne, what they have done with it is amazing, and although very sad I am sure they will also bring some comfort along the way xx


According to the website of the charity, currently, the waiting list to donate a dress has been closed. The website states : In 2015, 4,395 babies were stillborn or died shortly after birth. These figures only take into account any babies that are born after 24 weeks of pregnancy as there are no recorded figures below this gestation. In reality this figure is much higher.  Cherished Gowns UK is a registered charity (1172482),  that provide the families of babies that are stillborn, miscarried or pass away shortly after birth with items of clothing that they are able to be dressed in for their funeral. We provide UK hospitals with 5 different sizes of Cherished Gown packs that include a gown, hat, booties, blanket and a cloth nappy. We also send gown packs directly to parents who are unable to find anything to fit their precious baby on request. All of the items we provide have been lovingly made by volunteers from all over the country, and all of the gowns we provide are made from generously donated wedding dresses.

Cherished Gowns UK was set up in October 2014 and since then we have made over 100,000 gowns from around 20,000 wedding dresses, and we have also had over 1/4 of a million items sent to us by our amazing knit and crochet volunteers. We stock 237 NHS hospitals including Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales. Our service is provided completely free of charge to anyone that is in the sad position of needing it. Cherished Gowns has always worked in conjunction with SANDS and a variety of Other Support Organisations . We also liaise closely with the NHS and Maternity departments all over the UK to ensure that our Cherished Gowns Packs are of the highest possible standard.


COVER IMAGE SOURCE: Facebook/yvonne.trimble1

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