What are you doing on the afternoon of Saturday April 27th?
How would you feel about dressing up as a bride and heading for the Peace bridge?
When I first heard about the idea I thought it was a great fun way of attempting a world record, but it made it even more worthwhile doing when I heard that all proceeds were going to the Foyle Hospice.
We're helping to spread the word to see if the Foyle Hospice can gather at least 2013 'brides' together, and the response we've had so far from our customers, friends and family has been unreal!! Loads of our past brides and brides-to-be have decided to take part (any excuse to get a wedding dress on!!) and we've even had a few who have started fitness regimes to get into their own dresses which are a bit on the tight side!! (I didn't stand a chance of getting into mine but my mum is currently working on letting the seams out, so fingers crossed!!)
You don't have to be a past bride to take part - as long as you are wearing a traditional wedding dress (from any cultural origin). And if you haven't got a wedding dress, perhaps you could borrow one? Or hit the charity shops perhaps? Our shop has donated 5 big boxes with 20+ wedding dresses and veils to the Foyle Hospice to try and do our bit - they will be available very soon at the Foyle Hospice fundraising centre on the Culmore Road for any of you who are on the look out for a dress, and all proceeds from their sale will go directly to the 'Brides on the Bridge' fund. I'll be on the lookout to see how many Beautiful Day dresses I can spot on the day!!!
Like many families in the North West, our family has availed of the services of the Foyle Hospice. My daddy's sister - my aunt Mamie - spent almost 3 months there before passing away. It was 9 years ago, but our family always feel indebted to the hospice for the kindness shown to her and the dignified way they dealt with her suffering and her passing. I remember being shocked when I discovered how much the hospice rely on donations from the local people and when I got to see first hand what they do each and every day, it's easy to see why it is so well supported in our area and why it needs to keep being supported to continue making a difference.
So get on that dress, get your £10 and your registration form (and some extra sponsorship if you can) and get down to Ebrington square on Saturday 27th April and help make a difference.
You can register by contacting the Foyle Hospice- visit their facebook page
click here to go to the page
Or you can call in and pick up a form in our shop. You can also register on the day if you came along a bit earlier.