In 2013 5,700 babies were stillborn or died shortly after birth. This is 15 babies every single day that are born sleeping or sadly pass away shortly after they are born. These figures only take in to account any babies that are born after 24 weeks of pregnancy as there are no recorded figures below this gestation. In reality this figure is much higher.
Cherished Gowns UK provides the families of these precious babies with items of clothing that they are able to be dressed in for their funeral. We provide 158 hospitals around the UK with 5 different sizes of Cherished Gown packs that include a gown, hat, booties, blanket and a cloth nappy. We also send gown packs directly to parents who are unable to find anything to fit their precious baby on request. All of the items we provide have been lovely made by volunteers from all over the country, and all of the gowns we provide are made from generously donated wedding dresses.
Cherished Gowns UK was set up in October 2014 and since then we have made over 12,500 gowns from 5,000 wedding dresses, and we have also had 34,000 items sent to us by our amazing knit and crochet volunteers.
At present our waiting list has over 6,000 wedding dresses on it and therefore our waiting list is currently closed. We anticipate that our waiting list will be reopened in January 2017 this may be sooner so please keep checking back for updates.