Mum’s fu­neral home do­na­tion

Bridal gown to help be­reav­ing par­ents

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

A NEWLY-WED mother is plan­ning to give away her wed­ding dress to a fu­neral home.

Tracey Rob­son wants her gown tai­lored into frocks for ba­bies whose be­reaved par­ents can­not af­ford ex­pen­sive burial clothes.

The 43-year-old mother-of-two got the idea from a friend on Face­book.

She said: “I just thought that’s so lovely and self­less for par­ents who per­haps can’t af­ford a nice lit­tle dress for ba­bies at such an aw­ful time.”

Mrs Rob­son, of Whitby Road, Ruis­lip, got mar­ried in July, but said her satin dress, which orig­i­nally cost £760, was now hang­ing idly in her wardrobe.

She said: “I don’t have any plans of get­ting di­vorced or get­ting mar­ried again, so I just thought it would be nice if it was put to good use.”

She wants to hear from any fu­neral homes or hos­pi­tal mor­tu­ar­ies in­ter­ested.

In De­cem­ber last year, Mrs Rob­son nearly died, af­ter vis­it­ing North­wick Park Hos­pi­tal with a twisted bowel. She is still re­cov­er­ing from a la­paro­tomy – a ma­jor ab­dom­i­nal op­er­a­tion.

The hos­pi­tal in Wat­ford Road, Har­row, is also where she gave birth to her two chil­dren, Emily and Chase, now 18 and four re­spec­tively.

She said doc­tors had saved Emily’s life by man­ag­ing to safely de­liver her at 39 weeks, af­ter a prob­lem with Mrs Rob­son’s pla­centa.

And since slip­ping a disc in 2002, Mrs Rob­son has been par­tially paral­ysed from the bot­tom of her spine down and can only walk short dis­tances.

Be­cause of this, she was un­able to re­ceive an epidu­ral dur­ing Chase’s birth, but doc­tors safely de­liv­ered him us­ing gen­eral anaes­thetic.

Mrs Rob­son said: “They just did the most fan­tas­tic job and they also saved my daugh­ter’s life when I went into labour with her.

“I would love to be able to re­pay them.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in the dress or who can help should email tracey­rob­son14@vir­gin me­

n DO­NA­TION: Tracey Rob­son

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