STAFF at a charity shop couldn’t believe their eyes when a £2,000 wedding dress arrived on their doorstep – all the way from the Isle of Man.
Penny Lovatt, manager of the St Giles Hospice shop, in Swadlincote, struggled to contain her delight after receiving the surprise donation from the mother of a blushing bride who had just walked down the aisle.
She revealed that the benefactor had learned of the Midland Road shop via a ‘friend of a friend of a friend’ and its appearance on the Burton Mail’s website.
Ms Lovatt said: “I took a phone call from the Isle of Man and the woman on the end of the line said she wanted us to have the wedding dress.
“She said she would search the island for a box that was big enough and then send it to us. Around about 24 hours later, the box arrived and we were astonished at the size of it.
“The woman who donated the dress has a connection with the Midlands from an early age and after searching far and wide set her sights on St Giles to donate it to, as she wanted someone else to benefit from her daughter’s special occasion.
“When we got the dress out of the box it was immaculate and worth around £2,000.
“She has also sent a bridesmaid dress and we couldn’t believe our luck – they were like brand new.
“It is so nice to think that after celebrating their special day, they wanted to give up this special garment to give someone else that feeling.”
Both dresses will now go on display in the shop’s wedding room, which has been running for several years to help out brides on a budget.
Ms Lovatt added: “The best way I would describe the room is the way people react when they see it.
“One girl likened it to Cinderlla’s dressing room and another woman said she never thought she would see anything like it in a charity shop.”
To view the wedding room, people should call 01283 551591.