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Every year 10 babies a day are born sleeping or sadly pass away shortly after birth. These babies may be very small and too often the parents are unable to find something the right size or that is appropriate to dress their baby in. All parents should be given the opportunity to dress their baby in clothing that not only fits them but is perfect in every way. Our aim is to provide every family who experience the tragic loss of a baby with a gown, cloth nappy, hat, pair of booties and a blanket. These items are not only used to give parents comfort by removing the worry of having to find clothing but helps to create memories of dressing their baby that they will treasure forever.
We have a team of around 800 volunteers across the UK that help us create these specially designed items, so we are able to help parents dress even the most delicate babies. We are able to offer this service from 12 weeks up to full term as our gowns come in 5 different sizes, and have an added special touch, as they are all created from donated wedding dresses.
This year Cherished Gowns has continued to replenish our stock held in 237 hospitals in the UK by providing 15,470 packs of clothing and having a significant reduction in the number of packs sent directly to parents as they now receive them whilst in hospital. Our service is always completely free of charge to both parents and hospitals.
It would not be possible for Cherished Gowns to continue to provide this service without the thousands of volunteers that help us each and every month; from the seamstresses, knitters, crocheters and our admin team, to the brides who donate their dresses.
‘It means the world to us to know our babies will be warm and look beautiful’ – Parent
‘We are so amazed at the little outfits we got to choose from. We didn’t know this charity existed but we are so happy that it does’ – Parent
What Others Have Said
‘Cherished Gowns for Angel Babies UK is a not for profit organisation that provides dignified clothing for babies who have been born too soon, or too late. We provide items from 16 weeks through to Full Term at no cost to the families that tragically go through this difficult time. We try to work directly with the hospitals to provide items so that they are available as soon as they are required, but we also work with funeral homes and will accept requests from family and friends directly.’