This Woman's Wedding Dress Was Made Into Burial Gowns For Stillborn Babies
A spokesperson for the Cherished Gowns charity told BuzzFeed News that they are "completely astounded" by the response to Vyonne Trimble's Facebook post.
After deciding that she would never wear her wedding dress again, Yvonne Trimble decided to put it to good use.
In May 2014 Trimble, who is from Edinburgh but now lives in Cyprus, sent her wedding dress to Cherished Gowns for Angel Babies – a charity that turns wedding dresses into tiny burial gowns for stillborn babies.
On Sunday, the Kent-based charity sent Trimble a photograph of the seven tiny garments they had made from her wedding dress.
Trimble posted the photo of the gowns on Facebook, next to another of her on her wedding day. The post has since been shared over 88,000 times.
Trimble described the situation as "overwhelming" and "emotional".
"I seem to have spent most of today deleting friend requests (over 2,500 so far) and crying as I read the beautiful messages sent to my inbox," she said.
"It's been very emotional as people have shared their tales of losing babies with me, but everyone has been so grateful for the attention this issue now has."
The message went on:
"I leave you with an excerpt from one of the messages I've received as I couldn't put it any better than this: 'So from the bottom of my heart thank you for giving us mums some relief in the knowledge that our angel babies are forever wrapped in love.'
"It's all of you who have wrapped these ladies and their children in love. Thank you."
The charity, founded in 2014, has a team of around 500 volunteers who knit and sew the burial outfits for stillborn babies.
Megan McKay, spokesperson for Cherished Gowns, told BuzzFeed News that they are "completely astounded" at the huge response to Trimble's Facebook post.
In just 48 hours over 7,500 people have joined the waiting list to donate a dress. There have been almost £3,500 in donations, and over 300 new volunteers have come forward.
The charity posted a thank you on Facebook to those who had reached out to it after seeing Trimble's photograph. "You are helping us raise awareness for what has previously been such a 'taboo' subject," Cherished Gowns said.
"This is going to help in a massive way," McKay told BuzzFeed News. "To push us forward to being able to achieve our goal of stocking every UK hospital should they need it."