Picture: NICU Helping Hands Angel Gown Program/Facebook

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Brides are donating their wedding dresses to create tiny clothes for sick babies in hospital

Thousands of brides are donating their wedding dresses to create custom made gowns for severely ill babies.

The NICU Helping Hands Angel Gown Program, which is approached its one year anniversary, redesigns donated wedding dresses into special gowns for babies being treated in Neonatal Intensive Care Units.

The beautiful pieces are gifted to families for babies' final photos or when the child is laid to rest.

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The scheme originated in Australia last March and thanks to the wonders of social media, has grown across the globe.

Over 700 seamstresses work voluntarily for the organisation and their Facebook page has nearly 30,000 likes.

There is no greater gift that can be given to a grieving family than affirming the importance of the life of their child by offering the simple gift of our Angel Gown® and supporting them emotionally and educationally afterwards.

"We hope to touch the hearts of all Australians, especially those who have experienced the unimaginable death, illness or disability of their baby or child," their website reads.

"We value the healing ability of giving and sharing; of love, compassion and community. We strive to provide the best support by offering a safe place for families who want to share their story or to express grief through art and craft. We aim to help educate the community, including our children, so they can educate their children, helping them to know that it is okay to talk about pregnancy and infant loss, childhood illness and disability.

"We recognise the importance of 'Breaking the Silence', knowing what to say and when to listen.”

For more, see www.nicuhelpinghands.org/