How to package your Dress?
You can package your dress in anyway you wish as long as it is secure! Please avoid using brown paper as this often gets ripped by the machines that the couriers use to process the parcels at the sorting depot. Its worth remembering too that sometimes couriers leave the parcels in a designated 'safe place' and there is the potential that they may be exposed to the elements.
When packaging your dress please make sure it is in good condition, and if your dress has lots of net petticoats this can be removed. You can do this by simply cutting through the top of the netting. This removes alot of the bulk of the dress we are unable to use and often makes it cheaper or easier to post. It isn't necessary to dry clean your dress as we wash everything before any items are made regardless of whether it has been dry cleaned or not. Not only does this ensure that all items are clean but it removes any chemicals that are used in the dry cleaning process. Please note any dresses that have any signs of mould or mildew will be returned to you as we cannot use these because of Health & Safety rules.
Please make sure that you include your name and your email address when sending your dress so that the Seamstress can send you photos of the completed gowns when she has finished, and to regularly check your junk email folder. It is also worth remembering that our volunteer seamstresses are given 6 months to complete each dress in, so it can be some time between actually sending your dress and receiving the finished photos. If for whatever reason they are unable to complete your dress in the given timescale, it will be returned to our office and re-allocated to another Seamstress to finish and this can sometimes mean it takes longer than the given 6 month timescale. You will be notified if this happens to your dress, and only occurs in a very small number of cases.
What service should I use?
It is entirely up to you how you send your dress, and we cannot accept responsibility for it until it is safely in our possession. We have very few issues with couriers or Royal Mail but we do recommend you use a signed for service, and preferably insure your dress for a value you are happy with. All couriers offer both of these services. It usually costs less than £10 to send a Wedding Dress and you can compare most of the services available using a parcel comparison site such as www.parcel2go.com or www.parcelmonkey.co.uk. Please make sure you send your dress within 2 weeks of receiving the email with your Seamstress address, as this helps us manage their workload.
We have been donated this beautiful crochet african flower blanket to raise funds for our charity.
This blanket measures 150cm x 120cm and would be perfect for a single bed or throw for your sofa.
This would make a wonderful Christmas gift or heirloom to pass down through your family.
Raffle will be drawn on the 20th December at 10am.
This raffle is not affiliated with facebook, or any other organisation
We stock all 237 hospitals that have a maternity department in the UK. We work on a Rota & Request basis, and this means that supply every hospital with a box of gown packs every 6 months unless they ask for them less or more. We always try to liase with hospitals to ensure they have an adequate amount of stock, so please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your stock levels.
This month (October 2017) we have sent boxes to the following hospitals:
Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital,
Great North Childrens Hospital,
Goole & District Hospital
Ayrshire Maternity Unit, University hospital
South Tyneside District Hospital
Harrogate District Hospital
Prince Charles Hospital
The Ulster Hospital,
Rosie Hospital, Cambridge
Peterborough City Hospital
Milton Keynes Hospital
Stoke Mandeville Hospital
The L&D Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Berkshire Hospital
The Countess Of Chester
Macclesfield District General Hospital
Stepping Hill Hospital
West Cumberland Hospital
Royal Derby Hospital
Royal Cornwall Hospital
Dorset County Hospital
Royal Bournemouth General
St Richards Hospital
Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath
George Elliot Hopspital
Birmingham Women's Hospital
Volunteering for Cherished Gowns UK is a hugely rewarding experience