The day a woman gets married is perhaps one of the most cherished days of her life. She gets dolled up, she exchanges vows with the love of her life, she dances, she celebrates with her loved ones, and she starts a whole new chapter of her life. But what does she do with the most beautiful and most significant dress she will ever wear in her life?
While most women would keep the dress for sentimental reasons, Yvonne Trimble of Edinburgh, London, has decided that there are others out there who could use her wedding dress.
Earlier this month, Trimble shared on Facebook her decision to donate her wedding dress to Cherished Gowns for Angel Babies, a charity that turns wedding dresses into burial gowns for babies who are stillborn or who die shortly after birth, according to a report by AOL.com. The charity “provide hospitals around the UK with a comfort pack to give to parents that contain a special Gown made from a wedding or other formal dress that has been donated.”
“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,” Trimble wrote in her post which has been shared over 100,000 times.
Trimble posted photos of the gowns made from her wedding dress which the charity sent her. She wrote, “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,” she needed. “[T]hey 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.”
And her post has indeed made an impact.
According to the Daily Mail, the charity were flooded with offers of donations about half an hour after Trimble posted.
Trimble posted the following day saying the charity at the time received “2,500 emails, approx 1,500 FB messages, and just under 4,500 dresses being pledged.”
Cherished Gowns for Angel Babies is not accepting new donations at present, but they have set up a waiting list system.
According to data by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 24,000 stillbirths were reported in the United States in 2013. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said that in 2015 there were 2.6 million stillbirths recorded globally, with more than 7,178 recorded per day. About 98 percent of these incidences, the WHO said, occurred in low- and middle-income countries.