Oban women donate wedding dresses to help bereaved families

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Women in Oban donated their wedding dresses to a good cause on Saturday.

A total of 20 dresses were gifted to the Oban branch of Zaagi in Argyll, a charity that supports families which have lost babies.

The charity transforms the dresses into a range of handmade garments including nesting blankets, wraps and blessing gowns, so the baby has ‘something beautiful’.

Susan Simpson, who organised the event in The Rockfield Centre, said: ‘We have been inundated with dresses and five people have come forward to sew for us.

‘It has really gone better than I expected. We really appreciate the response from the community because when my daughter was born she was wrapped in towels all day. We had nothing and she was not offered anything.

‘That’s why I am so passionate about seeing and making sure families are given something beautiful that is made with love to honour their baby. They deserve something beautiful.’

Susan added: ‘Amy Cox sent her wedding dress all the way from Uist. Amy is now looking at arranging a similar event in Uist as other islanders have offered their gowns and to volunteer for Zaagi.

‘Three gorgeous gowns were donated by a local gran whose stillborn granddaughter received a Zaagi gown two weeks ago.

‘The family say that it made such a difference to receive these lovingly made garments and they really appreciate how much support they have been given at this difficult time.

‘We are waiting to hear back from The Rockfield Centre about a monthly slot where seamstresses can come together. We very much appreciate the ongoing support of Oban Community Trust.’

The Oban branch of Zaagi is looking for volunteer knitters, crocheters and seamstresses.

As well as this, it needs volunteers to help wash and unpick each dress, someone to help with social media and administration, and fundraisers.

If you have a wedding dress you would like to donate, you can do so by dropping it in to the monthly seamstress meeting at The Rockfield Centre.

The date will be published in The Oban Times as soon as one is set.

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