Good re­sponse to gown ap­peal

The Oban Times - - NEWS - By Kathie Grif­fiths kgrif­[email protected]­

A char­ity group in Oban help­ing baby loss fam­i­lies has re­ceived of­fers of help from Uist to Bute.

An ap­peal ask­ing women to do­nate their wed­ding dresses or oc­ca­sion gowns to be turned into beau­ti­ful out­fits for ba­bies who have died through mis­car­riage, still­birth or from a neo-na­tal death re­ceived a fan­tas­tic re­sponse af­ter an ar­ti­cle ap­peared in The Oban Times.

One of the women, from Bute, who got in touch with the char­ity Zaagi said she had been mar­ried 50 years this year and wanted to do­nate her wed­ding dress to the spe­cial cause.

Su­san Simp­son, who is al­ready the High­lands am­bas­sador for SiMBA, an­other char­ity re­spond­ing to the needs of fam­i­lies be­reaved through the loss of a baby, is be­hind the new Zaagi group in Oban. She has hired out a room at The Rock­field Cen­tre on Satur­day Jan­uary 12 from 2pm to 4.30pm for women to go along and do­nate their dresses.

Mrs Simp­son is also look­ing for a group of vol­un­teer un­pick­ers and sew­ers to help turn the dresses into the baby gowns. There are pat­terns ready to fol­low.

‘I have had a re­ally good re­sponse to the ap­peal, which is re­ally en­cour­ag­ing. It would mean so much to so many fam­i­lies in their time of need if peo­ple do­nate their gowns and have time to come and un­pick and stitch for us,’ said Mrs Simp­son.

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The char­ity Zaagi was founded in 2015 by Nigel and Kim Shaw-Walker af­ter the death of their baby Sarah at 35 weeks. To try to process her own grief and to bring some small mea­sure of com­fort to other par­ents, Kim started to make beau­ti­ful out­fits for ba­bies from do­nated wed­ding and brides­maids dresses be­fore be­ing joined by other sup­port­ers.

Zaagi is an Ojibwe word from the lan­guage of the Na­tive Amer­i­cans in Michi­gan where Kim grew up, mean­ing ‘to be loved and trea­sured’.

Mum-of-one Gil­lian McLuckie from Oban do­nates her wed­ding gown to Su­san Simp­son from Zaagi.

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