Wedding Dresses Turn Into Gowns for Babies Who Pass Away

Wedding Dresses Turn Into Gowns for Babies Who Pass Away
Thu 26-03-2015

A group of women based in Kent are offering hope to families facing the most unbelievable sadness.

Cherished Gowns for Angel Babies UK, convert second-hand wedding dresses into gowns for stillborn babies.

On their website they explain: "Every year around 17 babies a day or 3500 a year are born sleeping or sadly pass away shortly after birth."

They go on: "These babies can be very small and too often the parents are unable to find something appropriate to dress their baby in."

A group of people have dedicated their spare time to converting wedding dresses into gowns for still born babies.

After being inspired by a similar project in Australia, Cherished Gowns for Angel Babies UK accepts donated wedding dresses and turns them into burial gowns for still born babies and those that pass away shortly after birth.

They currently have over 400 volunteers across the country who contribute towards the packs given to parents, which include the gown, a blanket, a hat, a cloth nappy and booties for the child.

The group was founded by Megan McKay and Lynda Garrett just last year, but already has over 4,000 likes on Facebook.

Just one wedding dress can make 20 baby gowns.

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27-year-old Megan explained: "Our aim is to make sure no baby born too soon or too late has to be buried naked."

The group currently has 400 volunteers all over the country, and make an impressive 350 a gowns.

The average wedding dress can be transformed into 20 baby gowns, but Megan explained that one dedicated seamstress, retired Susan Waterfield, created a staggering 65 gowns out of one dress.

Talking about the kinds of people who donate their dresses, Megan said: "A lot of the dress donations we receive are from people who have been keeping it in the attic but don’t really have a use for it."

She continued: 'We also get people who saved their dress to make their grandchildren’s Christening gowns and then donate the leftover fabric. Others donate their bridesmaids dresses too."

Source: Metro