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Man who donated late wife’s beautiful wedding dress to charity is found

The mystery gentleman who donated his late wife’s wedding dress to the St Gemma’s Hospice Charity Shop in Leeds has come forward after news of his generous gift went viral.

The stunning 1950s vintage-style dress arrived in the shop with a note attached to it wishing its future owner a lifetime of happiness with her loved one, just like the 56 years the man had with his wife.

St Gemmas Hospice wedding dress

Image credit: St Gemma’s Hospice Charity Shops/Facebook

St Gemma's Hospice wedding dress note

Image credit: St Gemma’s Hospice Charity Shops/Facebook

Charity shop workers launched an online campaign to find the man to thank him for his heartfelt donation and it quickly went viral. The 85-year-old got in touch but wishes to remain anonymous. A post on the St Gemma’s Hospice Charity Shops Facebook page confirmed the news: 

“We have news! We have found the kind gentleman who donated the beautiful vintage wedding dress to St Gemma’s Hospice this week. 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. We have thanked him so much for his kindness and he would like to thank everyone for their support.”

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The dress has now been put up for auction on eBay and is attracting bids from all over the world. With a week still remaining on the auction, bids have already passed the £8,000 mark.

St Gemma's Hospice wedding dress on eBay

Image credit: eBay

Let’s hope whoever ends up with the gorgeous dress pops a wedding invitation in the post to the man who first watched it walk down the aisle.

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