Thursday, June 11, 2015

Found: Mystery Widower, Whose Moving Charity Shop Note Went Viral and Touched a Million Hearts

St Gemma's Hospice in Garforth has found the man who donated his deceased wife's dress and he's thrilled by the funds the hospice has raised after the note went viral.

It all started with a post on the St Gemma's Hospice Facebook page. 
 It all started with a post on the St Gemma's Hospice Facebook page. 

A widower who triggered a UK-wide social media search after a touching donation to a charity, thrift shop has been found. St Gemma's Hospice in Garforth England, launched an appeal to find the donor after he left his wife's wedding dress with a note wishing whoever bought the dress a marriage as happy as his own.

wedding note

"We have found the kind gentleman who donated the beautiful vintage wedding dress to St Gemma’s Hospice this week," the charity shop wrote on Facebook this morning.
"He is over the moon that we are giving somebody the opportunity to buy the gorgeous gown 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. He wishes to remain anonymous and we fully respect his decision but he is watching the media frenzy with interest and thinks it is wonderful."
The mystery widower pinned a note to a beautiful 1950s wedding gown that was handed in to St Gemma’s Hospice Charity Shop.
The note reads:
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.
After the note went viral, the charity shop has put the dress on Ebay, where so far £499 ( around $1,000 ) has been bid for it.

wedding dress


  1. PIC.
    What a lovely thing for him to do and he wants to remain anonymous , just so touching .
    The dress is breathtaking and it has a low neckline and that was in the 50s . Remember you can wear anything in good taste ... me .. I like to wear what's in style for me and my taste and I let others do the same .
    Great post sweetie .

  2. I thought the sentiment was beautiful . I could feel the emptiness he felt without her. Now the dress will come full circle to another happy bride.
    Love PIC


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