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Karen attempts to ease pain for parents of deceased babies

Deniliquin’s Karen Martin is transforming donated wedding, bridesmaid and debutante gowns into clothes for babies who died at birth or at a young age.

TYLA HARRINGTON July 4, 2014 3:20am

Karen Martin


It’s a heartbreaking reality that not every baby makes it home but Deniliquin’s Karen Martin (pictured) is trying to ease the grief for grieving parents.

Mrs Martin, the local representative for Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies, is transforming donated wedding, bridesmaid and debutante gowns into clothes for babies who died at birth or at a young age.

It’s a service that goes a long way in helping grieving parents, she said.

Mrs Martin has been the local representative for the not-for-profit organisation for about four weeks and has already made 47 gowns for 20 week-old to full-term babies.

But with only one more dress left, she is desperate for more donations.

With each dress she receives, Mrs Martin can make between 12 and 20 Angel Gowns.

‘‘That’s between 12 and 20 people who don’t have to worry about what their child will wear,’’ Mrs Martin said.

‘‘It’s about trying to ease the grief.’’

Once she has made the Angel Gowns she sends them to Melbourne from where they are distributed to hospitals around Australia.

Parents who’ve lost a baby receive a blanket, gown, shoes, bonnet or headband, and a keepsake.

Mrs Martin is also looking for people who can crochet, knit or sew and are interested in assisting with making the gowns.

Donations of ribbon, lace or prepaid post bags would also be appreciated, she said.

For more information phone Mrs Martin on 0439434001.

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