Wedding Belles

13 September 2016

A GENEROUS donation of brand new wedding dresses and bridal accessories has been donated to the Hospice.

Wedding Belles

  • Hospice volunteers model some of the dresses

Diane Howard from Scarisbrick estimates she has donated between 150 to 180 unused wedding dresses as well as bridesmaid dresses, bags, shoes, tiaras, veils, children's dresses and clothes steamers for the Hospice to sell in its specialist shop in Wigan town centre.

NHS worker Diane found out about the Hospice from her mum Gwen Butler who lives in Appley Bridge.

Diane said: "I've given between £30,000 to £40,000 worth of stock and I've just found more wedding dresses hidden away so they'll be sent to the Hospice too. One dress exactly the same as one I donated is currently being sold on the Debenhams website for £2,500."

A wet room and bedroom are being built at Diane's home from where she ran her bridal business in the next few weeks to help Diane cope with her disabilities.

"I have been running the business on and off for a few years but now I'm getting a wet room and bedroom built downstairs I need the space," she said.

"My daughter, who is my carer, said we needed to move the wedding stock quickly before building work starts. She looked at a couple of different charities but they couldn't take the amount of stock I had. My mum had seen that Wigan and Leigh Hospice had a bridal shop so we contacted them. I'm really glad that the stock has gone to such a good cause."

Kirsty Picton, 29, (pictured) has been volunteering at the shop for six months. She said: "Some people don't know we have got a section upstairs selling wedding dresses and prom gowns and now we have this amazing donation."

Volunteer Yvonne Banks, 50, (pictured) said: "People always comment on how it's a lovely space and what nice things we have. Brides are coming in for their dresses but they are also picking up brand-new tiaras, shoes and bags so they get everything they need. We also have bridesmaid dresses, prom dresses and formal dresses for cruises."

The shop in Hope Street also stocks general items such as clothes, furniture, books and more.

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