I found it incredibly moving to hear about the wonderful work Cherished Gowns have been doing to support parents who have suffered such a terrible loss.
Cherished Gowns for Angel Babies UK, is a Dover based group of volunteers up and down the country who make gowns out of donated wedding dresses for stillborn babies. It is really amazing how quickly their group has grown with volunteers giving up their time, and how much thought and care that is put into every single pack that is sent out to grieving parents. Cherished Gowns have around 500 volunteers sewing gowns and knitting booties, hats and blankets.
Cherished Gowns was started in October 2014 to help support bereaved parents by offering them clothing to dress their stillborn babies in for burial, as most stillborns are too small for regular baby clothing. Packs of their gowns are now available to parents in 70 hospitals across Britain.
Around 17 babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth in Britain every day, and around 1,000 unfortunately did not make it in Kent alone last year.
I am going to do everything I can to support Cherished Gowns in their effort to get hospital space and to support and improve provisions for bereaved and grieving parents during such a difficult time. They are running their first community volunteer day on November 22, so if you have a moment to head over to help them iron gowns, match booties and pack boxes, your help would be greatly appreciated.
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