A charity shop who searched for a pensioner who had donated his wife’s 1950s vintage wedding dress – with a heart-wrenching handwritten note attached to it – have found the gent.
The dress is believed to have been handed in to the St Gemma’s Hospice Garforth Bridal and Occasion Wear Charity Shop last week, when the shop first opened.
It was only when area manager Aysha Alton and shop manager Sue Denton were going through the donated dresses that they noticed the penned note attached to the dress with a safety pin.
The message reads: “I wish any lady who takes this dress to have a life with her loved one, 56 years like I did, happy years. I was a lucky man to marry a lady like mine.”
The dress is unique as it appears to have been custom-made to fit the bride due to its intricate stitching and lack of a label.
Since first posting on the charity’s Facebook page about the dress on Monday, the charity has been contacted by people from all over the country and have had enquiries about it from as far as America.
There has been so much interest that St Gemma’s Hospice has decided to sell it on eBay, so that people who are not local to the shop will have the chance to buy it.
The charity shop wrote on its Facebook page: “We have found the kind gentleman who donated the beautiful vintage wedding dress to St Gemma’s Hospice this week.
“He is over the moon that we are giving somebody the opportunity to buy the gorgeous gown on eBay. He is a big fan of St Gemma’s Hospice and is overwhelmed with the international attention that his late wife’s dress is generating.
“He is so happy and proud that the Hospice will benefit from funds raised by the auction of the dress. He wishes to remain anonymous and we fully respect his decision but he is watching the media frenzy with interest and thinks it is wonderful.
“We have thanked him so much for his kindness and he would like to thank everyone for their support.”
The charity’s head of communications Nicola Woodgate, said: “The dress has really captured people’s imaginations and the note really gives it some history.
“To pass the dress on and to donate something so special is the ultimate act of kindness, and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response we’ve got on social media.”
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