Be an angel and help out

SEEKING SUPPORT: Naomee Wotton from Angel Gowns will be in Bathurst next month for an open day and donation drive at Charles Sturt University. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0808sgangelgowns2
SEEKING SUPPORT: Naomee Wotton from Angel Gowns will be in Bathurst next month for an open day and donation drive at Charles Sturt University. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0808sgangelgowns2

A VOLUNTARY organisation which makes burial gowns for babies is holding an open day and donation drive in Bathurst next month.

Angel Gowns is a community of volunteers who hope to touch the hearts of everyone who has suffered the tragic loss of their baby. 

Founded by Fiona Kirk, Angel Gowns Australia aims to give grieving parents dignity and choice in the midst of deep loss and sadness.

Since Ms Kirk founded the organisation earlier this year, she said the response has been overwhelming. She said her ultimate aim is to have the garments, lovingly made by her band of volunteers, in every neonatal intensive care unit in Australia and New Zealand within a year. 

She also hopes to strengthen ties with the first organisation to make the gowns, NICU Helping Hands, based in the US.

Above all, Ms Kirk said the thinking behind Angel Gowns Australia is to just make one decision easier for parents while they are grieving, adding the last thing any parent wants to think about after losing a child is what they can bury their baby in.

Volunteer Naomee Wotton is organising the open day and donation drive, to be held at the Rafters Bar, Charles Sturt University, on September 27 from 10am until 2pm. She said the day is an opportunity for people to come and learn about the organisation and meet new friends.

“We will have examples of completed Angel Gowns, sewing demonstrations and plenty of prizes,” she said.

“We will be accepting dress donations, as well as much needed postage and sewing supplies on the day.”

For more information or to help out on the day, contact Naomee Wotton on 0433 300 956 or email her at NaomeeWotton@gmail.com.