Bride donates wedding dresses to LOROS Bridal Boutique after Hospice cares for best friend’s mum
A bride has donated her wedding dress to the LOROS Bridal Boutique after the Hospice cared for her best friend’s mum.
Carol Mann, saw how much LOROS meant to her best friend of nearly 27 years, Lucy Garner, whose mum died at the Hospice in 2015 and so decided to give them her wedding dress after she got married.
Lucy, who was a bridesmaid for Carol, also donated her bridesmaid dress to the Bridal Boutique, which is part of the LOROS By Design Shop, in Leicester’s Market Street.
“I asked Carol whether she would mind if I donated my dress to LOROS and she was fine about it, little did I know she was planning on donating her wedding gown too,” said 41-year-old Lucy, who lives in Nottinghamshire.
“A week later, Carol turned round and said she wanted to donate hers too.
“She said she didn’t see the point in keeping it, as it would just be stored away in a box in the attic; she wanted another bride to benefit from it.”
The pair wanted to give something back to LOROS after Lucy’s mum, Rosalyn Garner, 67, died at the Hospice in April 2015 after being diagnosed with cancer less than two years earlier.
“Mum was very unwell when she was admitted to LOROS,” said Lucy, who is a nurse.
“I remember, I was trying to hold things together and the lovely nurse at the Hospice said to me, ‘don’t be the nurse here, let us do that job, you can be the daughter’; it was like they were giving me permission to just be a daughter, that was huge for me.”
Carol’s wedding took place just over a year after Rosalyn died.
“I kept asking Carol whether she was sure that she wanted to donate her dress and she always replied yes,” added Lucy.
“I felt very touched that Carol wanted to do that and it’s great to know that someone else will get enjoyment from the dresses.
“Of course it’s nice to think that we’re giving back to LOROS and helping to raise money for them in some way.
“I know it’s a very personal decision to give away your wedding gown or a special dress but if you can, I would encourage you to donate it to LOROS.”
Carol, who now lives in Canada and Lucy are keen to find out who bought their gowns, so if you recognise the dresses in these pictures, then please get in touch, by emailing [email protected]
As part of this year’s ‘Choose Charity, Shop LOROS’, campaign, people are being encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and try shopping at one of the 28 LOROS shops around Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Throughout February, LOROS will be showcasing the Bridal Boutique, which stocks a wide range of brand new and pre-loved wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and mother-of-the-bride outfits, plus a whole host of accessories, hats and shoes.
If you would like to try and find your perfect dress at a bargain price and would like to book an appointment in the Boutique, then call (0116) 254 8112 The shop will welcome dress donations with open arms, so if you want to donate your gown or wedding outfit then contact either Bridal Boutique directly or the Hospice itself.
If you found your perfect dress and would be happy to share your story, then please email [email protected]