Sunday, 14 June 2015

An Anonymous Donation

You may have heard the story in the news about the donation of a vintage wedding dress which was received by a charity shop. There was a note pinned to the dress saying how the gentleman who donated the dress has spent 56 happy years with his wife and how lucky he was to marry her.


Pictures courtesy of St Gemma's.
The media got hold of the story and it made the nationals. A call was put out to trace the gentleman who had donated the dress and eventually the charity shop found out who he was. He lives in my little town but wants to remain anonymous. The charity shop supports St Gemma's, a local hospice, and they're auctioning the wedding dress on Ebay. The bid is currently at £6400.00 but there's still five days left to go.

It's such a heartwarming story, so nice to read something positive in the news instead of all doom and gloom. I hope the dress raises lots of money for such a worthwhile cause.

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  1. I hadn't seen the article, how lovely, how special. I hope the bride who wins it has a lovely husband to spend many happy years with too xx

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    1. I think the note attached to the dress makes it all the more special. What a lovely man donating something so special to raise much needed funds for such a worthwhile cause.

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  2. It was a wonderful donation, it is a wonderful story and I hope that the money will do wonderful things in the future! xx

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    1. The shop only opened the week before last. They had another shop further up the street but they opened this larger shop and then had this wonderful donation. I thought they might have the dress on display in the window, but it hasn't appeared yet.

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  3. That was certainly a lovely story in the papers this week, and such a kind donation from the gentleman. I hope that the final bid is a fitting memorial to his late wife xx

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    1. It must have been a bit of a wrench letting the dress go after all that time but it will raise such a lot of money for a worthwhile cause and as you say, it will be a fitting tribute to his wife.

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  4. What a brilliant story and it looks as if a really big amount will be raised

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    1. I can't wait to see how much it raises in the end, the auction is going really well so far.

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  5. What a story of love and devotion. Perhaps the gentleman felt his wife had loved it all her life, he loved her all his life and it was time for someone else to share the love...
    Susan x

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    1. It's such a lovely story, isn't it? I'm so pleased that the gentleman enclosed the note, whoever buys the dress knows its history now and it would be lovely for another couple to start their married life with it.

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  6. A fantastic story. I hope the new bride will be as happy as the gentlemen's.
    xx

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    1. I do too. It's always so lovely to hear of such a happy marriage and how lucky a couple feel to have loved each other.

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  7. Stories like this really make ones heart sing - not only the donation and the note attached but that people have embraced it and such a lot of money will be raised.

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    1. I agree. I think people do like to read feel good stories and this is definitely one. I do hope the dress makes a lot of money for the charity.

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  8. It's a lovely story........... I hope the new bride (and her groom!) have as many happy years of marriage. Jx

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    1. I do too, perhaps the dress will bring them lots of luck.

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  9. I can only fully agree with what you have already said "It's such a heartwarming story, so nice to read something positive in the news instead of all doom and gloom. I hope the dress raises lots of money for such a worthwhile cause."

    These days it is all too easy to just have bad news given and written about THIS STORY is heartwarming - I hope a big amount is raised, there is still a few more days to go.

    Great read - thank you.

    All the best Jan.

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    1. I'd much rather read about stories like this than the doom and gloom ones. I'm sure lots of money will be raised from the sale of the dress and it's for such a good cause too.

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  10. What a lovely story, Jo. I hope it raises lots of money - and makes the lucky bride & groom to be as happy as he was with his wife! :o)

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    1. I think it's lovely to think how the dress has been cherished all these years and that the bride who wore it previously had such a happy marriage. I do hope it brings whoever buys is lots of happiness too.

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  11. I saw this yesterday. What a wonderful story. I still have mine, maybe my husband can do that someday, or maybe I'll do it myself.

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    1. I still have my wedding dress too. I was going to have mine made in to a christening dress for my children but I never got round to it.

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  12. The wedding dress meant so much to that dear gentleman. Thankfully he left the note to say why with the good wishes for whoever bought it. II hope it raises a lot of money and benefits all concerned. It certainly did me good to hear about this story so thank you for sharing as I missed this in the news.

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    1. I think the note was such a lovely touch and will definitely help sell the dress. It must have been hard for the gentleman to part with it after all these years but it's wonderful that he's able to see the good that the funds raised from it will do.

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  13. I saw this too and thought what a wonderful story. Looking forward to seeing how much is raised.

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    1. There's still a few days to go yet so the price could go much higher. I hope it does as it's for such a worthwhile cause.

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  14. Isn't that lovely. I hope it brings lots of happiness to another couple too

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    1. I do too. It's such a lovely story.

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  15. I saw this story on our local news. What a lovely thought by this elderly gentleman and it's all going to such a good cause.

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    1. This donation will raise such a lot of money. I'm sure the gentleman will be thrilled to see how well the auction's doing and it will be lovely for whoever buys the dress to know what a happy marriage the previous owner had.

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  16. A really lovely story. Thanks for providing further details. Flighty xx

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    1. I'm so pleased to read such heartwarming stories, you'd think they didn't exist by what we usually have to read in the papers or see on the news but that isn't so.

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  17. I didn't see this in the news. What a great story and a lovely way to raise money for the hospice.

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    1. The auction is at a fantastic amount already and there's still a few days left so who knows how much it will raise. With such a lovely story behind it, it was bound to do well.

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  18. What a lovely story, I hope they raise lots of money for the hospice. xx

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    1. It is a lovely story and I'm sure the dress will make lots of money. Whoever buys it will be lucky to have it.

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  19. What a lovely story. Take care.

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    1. It is. I'm sure it will attract lots of people who want to buy it and some much needed funds will be raised for the hospice.

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  20. What a wonderful story. When I saw it on the news I mentioned that the dress was so beautiful and it was timeless.

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    1. You're right. I think it was a beautiful dress to wear all those years ago and it's a beautiful dress to wear now, timeless.

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  21. I saw this online, then of course the papers picked up on it. It's good to know that it is going to raise so much money for such a good cause. The quilt group that I was a member of before we moved here supported our local hospice, raising a lot of money for them - so much indeed that several members of the group (including me) were invited to go to the hospice when Princess Anne (their patron) visited. She was delightful, and sent one of her protection officers to fetch from her car all the flowers she had been given earlier in the day to put in the wards (as she still had a lot of travelling to do, the flowers wouldn't have survived).

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    1. What a lovely story. I've always been a big fan of Princess Anne, she seems to be a very grounded royal, in fact I've just heard a story today of how she was wearing an outfit to Ascot that she was seen wearing 35 years ago, and why not? We all have to be thrifty, why shouldn't they? Good for her.

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