Creating memories to cherish

Posted on in Hospitals, Support groups

Volunteer knitters and dressmakers – and donations of wool – are needed to help produce tiny gowns and wraps to provide cherished memories for bereaved families in the region.

Angel Gowns with Love has been launched by Abra Wood, 25, of Darlington to help offer timely support to parents who have stillborn babies.

Abra’s daughter Esmae-Grace was stillborn at 32 weeks, so she knows just how difficult a time this can be and is determined to help others who find themselves in the same position.

Abra Wood and volunteer Mandie Young hand over a range of tiny gowns and wraps to Tina McGuchan

Abra Wood and volunteer Mandie Young hand over a range of tiny gowns and wraps to Tina McGuchan

At first Abra and husband Christopher began donating memory boxes to hospitals but she has now branched out into creating miniature gowns from old wedding dresses and tiny knitted wraps which provide special memories for families to cherish – whatever the gestation of the child.

“This helps give me something to focus on and do something in Esmae-Grace’s memory,” she said. “I would have loved to have been given one of these gowns.”

Abra and her team of volunteers have already produced more than 200 gowns and 300 wraps which have been donated to hospitals in the North East and in the British Forces.

One recent donation was to the delivery suite at The James Cook University Hospital. Tina McGuchan, bereavement support worker at the Middlesbrough hospital said: “We really appreciate the work that goes into these. They offer comfort to bereaved families at such a sad time.”

Jan Coles, delivery suite team leader added: “Ladies can take these home or they can stay with the baby. They mean so much to them they really do. You get a lump in your throat every time you do one.”

To find out more email Angelgownswithlove@hotmail.com