Joel Callen


Fri, 12 Jun, 2015

Man donates late wife’s wedding dress to a charity shop along with a beautiful note

Man donates late wife’s wedding dress to a charity shop along with a beautiful note

More often than not, donating clothes is a chore you undertake to create more space in your home. But a man in England donated something very special to a charity shop recently, and he wanted to make sure its significance was known.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, left his late wife’s wedding dress at the Garforth branch of St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds recently. Pinned to the dress was a heartfelt note:

“I wish any lady who takes this dress to have a life with her loved one. 56 years like I did. Happy years. I was a lucky man to marry a lady like mine. – PTO”

The staff at the hospice took to social media in an attempt to find the mystery benefactor. The story caught the attention of people and media outlets around the world, and the donor was found, but decided he didn’t want to reveal his identity.

The following message was posted on the St Gemma’s Hospice Charity Shops Facebook page:

“We have news! We have found the kind gentleman who donated the beautiful vintage wedding dress to St Gemma’s Hospice this week. He is over the moon that we are giving somebody the opportunity to buy the gorgeous gown on eBay. He is a big fan of St Gemma’s Hospice and is overwhelmed with the international attention that his late wife’s dress is generating. He is so happy and proud that the Hospice will benefit from funds raised by the auction of the dress. He wishes to remain anonymous and we fully respect his decision but he is watching the media frenzy with interest and thinks it is wonderful. We have thanked him so much for his kindness and he would like to thank everyone for their support.”

For now, the dress is listed on eBay, with all proceeds going to the hospice. You can see the auction here.

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