The volunteers at a charity shop for St Gemma’s Hospice in Garforth, West Yorkshire, were in for quite a touching surprise when they found that a 1950s wedding dress had been donated with one of the sweetest notes ever attached to it:
“I wish any lady who takes this dress to have a life with her loved one, 56 years like I did, happy years. I was a lucky man to marry a lady like mine,” it read.
The dress was donated by an 85-year-old man whose wife passed away 4 years ago. And while the charity store knows his identity and says he is thrilled at all the attention it has gotten, he still wishes to remain anonymous. The dress is currently for sale on eBay.
“He is a big fan of St Gemma’s Hospice and is overwhelmed with the International attention that his late wife’s dress is generating. He is so happy and proud that the Hospice will benefit from funds raised by the auction of the dress…We have thanked him so much for his kindness and he would like to thank everyone for their support,” said Nicole Woodgate, a spokesperson for St. Gemma’s.
“It is utterly unprecedented,” Woodgate told the Daily Beast. “For a relatively small charity in the suburbs of Yorkshire to get this kind of exposure after placing a relatively innocent social media post on Monday is amazing. It just shows the power of digital media.”