Donate wedding dresses to become ‘angel gowns’ for babies

MADE WITH LOVE: From left, Tania Raine, Jacqui Pitts and Lisa Briggs holding their own wedding gowns, are the Rockhampton coordinators for the Angel Gown program, which makes dresses from wedding gowns that are given to babies who have sadly passed away.
MADE WITH LOVE: From left, Tania Raine, Jacqui Pitts and Lisa Briggs holding their own wedding gowns, are the Rockhampton coordinators for the Angel Gown program, which makes dresses from wedding gowns that are given to babies who have sadly passed away. Amy Haydock

THESE three CQ women are giving away something special of their own to create something even more special for families who suffer the tragic loss of a baby.

Tania Raine, Jacqui Pitts and Lisa Briggs - all mothers, have become the Rockhampton co-ordinators for a national community organisation of volunteers who handcraft Angel Gowns from donated wedding dresses for babies who are stillborn or pass away from illness.

Known as NICU Helping Hands, the program then gift the gowns to Neonatal Intensive Care Units and Hospitals across Australia.

The group, which only started in Australia in March, has spread to regional areas like Rockhampton.

Jacqui said she saw a Facebook post about the initiative.

"Before I'd even finished reading what it was about, I'd already made up my mind that I would donate my own wedding dress," she said yesterday.

"It just seems like such a waste having your wedding dress sitting there, when it can go to a good cause that's really special."

One wedding dress makes 12 to 20 babies gowns.

Tania, a local photographer who specialises in taking photos of newborns and pregnant mothers, said she would quite often hear of women losing their babies.

"It was never really talked about, but we all certainly know family, friends and clients who have lost a child," Tania said.

Lisa, who specialises in pregnancy and baby massage , said she, Tania and Jacqui were in the process of establishing a location for dresses to be donated.

"We're looking to set up a drop-off point, and we're hoping to get a stall at the next Handmade Expo, as well finding a freight company to donate the charge of posting them to Brisbane where they're made," she said.


To donate or contact the makers, email

Each gown made comes with an Angel Pin that tells the family who donated the material

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