Reaching out with gowns for tiny angels

Angel Gowns state manager Serena McKerrow. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Angel Gowns state manager Serena McKerrow. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

PARENTS who lose their babies need all the love they can get.

Angel Gowns for Australian Babies looks to ease their pain by providing handmade gowns repurposed from donated wedding dresses.

Launceston woman Serena McKerrow said the organisation's Tasmanian branch had distributed about 35 gowns since starting about two months ago.

Mrs McKerrow, Angel Gowns' state manager, is joined by about 10 women who volunteer as seamstresses.

"We distribute gowns to Australian hospitals and are starting to distribute them to funeral homes as well, so if someone's had a passing after leaving hospital they can still receive one," she said.

"The reason we choose wedding gowns is because brides see it as the most precious gown they'll ever own. It's our way of passing our love on to them when they need it most."

Mrs McKerrow said Angel Gowns also worked to break down the taboos surrounding stillbirth. She said she had been through three miscarriages herself.

"It touches a lot of people," she said.

"I can't imagine how hard it is for somebody who had a baby to hold but can't take it home with them."

Angel Gowns for Australian Babies is looking for more volunteers and donations from throughout the state, particularly in the North-West and South. Search for  Angel Gowns - For Australian Angel Babies who have grown their Angel Wings on Facebook or visit http://angelgownsaustrali.wix.com/angelgownausbabies

- EMILY BAKER

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