Bridal shop helps fundraise - in style

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For almost a decade now a Daventry bridal shop have been quietly helping an orphanage in Uganda to feed and clothe its children.

Shop for Brides in St John’s Square have sent hundreds of used wedding dresses to Margaret’s Children’s orphanage in Iganga where staff rent the dresses out to brides-to-be creating a sustainable income for the orphanage.

Owner of SFB, which recently celebrated its 13 years in business, Moya Hutchinson said: “I was approached by the Friends of Iganga charity about sending over a couple of dresses and since then I have just continued to send them.

“These dresses we are done with someone else thinks are wonderful and are used to provide the basics for the children in the orphanage.”

The orphanage now has a wall of wardrobes filled with wedding dresses for rental and is making a good income.

In February, when Jan Morrott from FoI visited, the orphanage had made £350 in five months for the children.

Mrs Morrott said: “Food prices have gone up so much in Uganda and they have so very little. What Moya does is lovely and she has been very generous for almost ten years.”

Mrs Hutchinson hopes to send bridesmaid’s dresses and shoes in the coming months. She is also asking people with spare bridal wear to donate them at the shop.

She said: “I feel by giving the dresses to the orphanage we are making a more direct impact on children’s lives and they really appreciate it.

“They send letters to thank us and it makes me very emotional -I am just so pleased I got involved with the charity.

“We all make a tidy living out of the bridal industry and it’s nice to be able to give something back.”