Postal costs for Cherished Gowns UK

£8,593 of £8,000 goal

Raised by 304 people in 24 months
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Megan McKay  Dover, ENG

Cherished Gowns for Angel Babies UK is a not for profit organisation that provides dignified clothing for babies who have been born too soon, or too late. We provide items from 16 weeks through to Full Term at no cost to the families that tragically go through this difficult time. We try to work directly with the hospitals to provide items so that they are available as soon as they are required, but we also work with funeral homes and will accept requests from family and friends directly.

We primarily make our cherished gowns from donated wedding dresses but also provide some that are crocheted and knitted. With each gown a family will receive a pair of booties, a hat, a cloth nappy & a blanket.

We have a large group of 1900 volunteers who come from a variety of different backgrounds, from dressmakers, nurses, accountants right through to stay at home mums, and retired ladies looking for a hobby. Our volunteers are all amazingly dedicated and put an incredible amount of love and care in to each and every item they make, a lot of the time sacrificing their own needs to complete the task at hand.  We have now transformed almost 4,000 wedding dresses and have a further 8,500 on our waiting list waiting to be transformed this year. This sadly means that we cannot currently accept any more dresses until Jan 2017.

We now have an office and although the lease has now been paid for the year we have office overheads and our evergrowing postage costs. Some months these are as much as £800.

A box sent directly to a hospital costs £6.41 to send and the packaging and leaflets included cost £2.35 per box. This means that each box we send costs us £8.76 in total.

We also send packs directly to parents when requested using Royal Mail's special delivery service which costs £7.25 a time. 

Our service is provided completely free of charge to hospitals and parents around the UK.

We are now stock 164 hospitals around the UK. including Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland, and our aim is that this service will eventually be rolled out in every single hospital.

Thank you for taking the time to read this page!

 Yours,

Everyone at Cherished Gowns for Angel Babies UK

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Update 2
Posted by Megan McKay
13 months ago
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Thank you for your support! We are absolutely astounded at the response we have had recently. We have had around £3500 donated in the last week or so and this will help hugely with our ongoing postage costs.

I am afraid we are now closed to new dress donations as we have in excess of 8,800 pledges and obviously this will take us some time to work through.

Thank you again and please continue to share! :)
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Update 1
Posted by Megan McKay
24 months ago
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Wow!! In just £4 days we have raised almost half of our target amount! We are completely blown away by everyone's generosity.
The £82 that has been donated so far is enough to send 13 parcels of gowns to hospitals!
This is an example of one of the comfort packs that we provide. We offer 5 different sizes of gown and each one is matched up with an appropriately sized hat, booties, cloth nappy and blanket.
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Jenny Shaw
20 months ago
8
8

I have a white wedding dress, a lavender-pinkish ballgown, & a lilac ballgown if you want them, how do I donate them?

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Michelle Todd
13 months ago
5
5

I would like to donate my wedding dress how do I do this please

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Diana Charles
13 months ago
4
4

I would like to donate my wedding dress. It is pale pink satin and gorgette and was lovingly designed and made by me. Sadly my husband died in 2010 and when I heard about your charity I felt it would be a fitting tribute to him. How can I do this and where should I send it please?

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Claire Naish
13 months ago
3
3

How can i donate a wedding dress?

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Kelly John
9 months ago
2
2
Jane Revell
13 months ago
2
2

I enjoy crocheting and would love to donate blankets, can you let me know what size and where to send them to.

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Kelly John
9 months ago
1
1
Andrea JoAnn Henderson
13 months ago
1
1

I would love to knit some blankets and hats. What are the preferred dimensions for hats and blankets?

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Suzy Gibson Mcclements
13 months ago
1
1

I do a lot of crochet I would gladly do blankets hats booties please let me know how I would get theses to you x

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Theresa Hunt
13 months ago
1
1

How do I donate my wedding dress?

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Lorraine Brady-mcgrath
13 months ago
1
1

I have a wedding dress and five bridesmaid dresses your more than well come to have where do i send them to .

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Maria Backhouse Marquis
13 months ago

I have a cream wedding dress and a few other dresses that I would love to donate please tell me how I can do this.

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Victoria Owens
1 month ago

How can I Donates my dress

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Donna Adams-tull
10 months ago

I would like to no detail about donating my wedding dress to such a beautiful cause.

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Louise Matthewson
10 months ago

How do I donate my wedding dress

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Rachael Louise Wilson
11 months ago

I have a wedding dress, that i woukd gladly donate for such a beautiful cause, how do i go about doing this please?

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Joanne Askins Woz Patrick
11 months ago

I have a bridesmaid dress and a wedding dress I would like to donate if you would like them .xx

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Elaine Airey Pearce
11 months ago

i have a ivory wedding dress i would like to donate to your charity how do i do this

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Claire Richardson
11 months ago

Hi, I would like to donate my white wedding dress. How do I do this please? Xx

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Dawn Hart
11 months ago

Hi i would like to donate my old wedding dress to this cause, how do i do it? It is a lovely thing u do and it brings tears to my eyes. Please help so i can give u my dress . X

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£8,593 of £8,000 goal

Raised by 304 people in 24 months
Created February 24, 2015
MM
Megan McKay  
MB
£50
Mr David Bowden
12 days ago
VP
£15
Vida Plant
17 days ago
VP
£10
Vida Plant
19 days ago
JG
£5
Jayne Griffiths
20 days ago

Im donating my wedding dress i hope this little contribution helps also .

JM
£20
James Martin
24 days ago
£20
Daniel Pidcock
25 days ago
£5
Anonymous
1 month ago
JD
£10
Jane Dowsland
2 months ago
FL
£50
Fiona Lord
2 months ago
JD
£50
Jackie Duncan
2 months ago
1
1

The gown you sent to my niece Tara was perfect, thank you x

Jenny Shaw
20 months ago
8
8

I have a white wedding dress, a lavender-pinkish ballgown, & a lilac ballgown if you want them, how do I donate them?

+ Read More
Michelle Todd
13 months ago
5
5

I would like to donate my wedding dress how do I do this please

+ Read More
Diana Charles
13 months ago
4
4

I would like to donate my wedding dress. It is pale pink satin and gorgette and was lovingly designed and made by me. Sadly my husband died in 2010 and when I heard about your charity I felt it would be a fitting tribute to him. How can I do this and where should I send it please?

+ Read More
Claire Naish
13 months ago
3
3

How can i donate a wedding dress?

+ Read More
Kelly John
9 months ago
2
2
Jane Revell
13 months ago
2
2

I enjoy crocheting and would love to donate blankets, can you let me know what size and where to send them to.

+ Read More
Kelly John
9 months ago
1
1
Andrea JoAnn Henderson
13 months ago
1
1

I would love to knit some blankets and hats. What are the preferred dimensions for hats and blankets?

+ Read More
Suzy Gibson Mcclements
13 months ago
1
1

I do a lot of crochet I would gladly do blankets hats booties please let me know how I would get theses to you x

+ Read More
Theresa Hunt
13 months ago
1
1

How do I donate my wedding dress?

+ Read More
Lorraine Brady-mcgrath
13 months ago
1
1

I have a wedding dress and five bridesmaid dresses your more than well come to have where do i send them to .

+ Read More
Maria Backhouse Marquis
13 months ago

I have a cream wedding dress and a few other dresses that I would love to donate please tell me how I can do this.

+ Read More
Victoria Owens
1 month ago

How can I Donates my dress

+ Read More
Donna Adams-tull
10 months ago

I would like to no detail about donating my wedding dress to such a beautiful cause.

+ Read More
Louise Matthewson
10 months ago

How do I donate my wedding dress

+ Read More
Rachael Louise Wilson
11 months ago

I have a wedding dress, that i woukd gladly donate for such a beautiful cause, how do i go about doing this please?

+ Read More
Joanne Askins Woz Patrick
11 months ago

I have a bridesmaid dress and a wedding dress I would like to donate if you would like them .xx

+ Read More
Elaine Airey Pearce
11 months ago

i have a ivory wedding dress i would like to donate to your charity how do i do this

+ Read More
Claire Richardson
11 months ago

Hi, I would like to donate my white wedding dress. How do I do this please? Xx

+ Read More
Dawn Hart
11 months ago

Hi i would like to donate my old wedding dress to this cause, how do i do it? It is a lovely thing u do and it brings tears to my eyes. Please help so i can give u my dress . X

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