insideKENT Magazine Issue 59 - February 2017 - Page 38

WEDDINGS

GOWNS GALORE with DEMELZA

BRIDES-TO-BE NO LONGER NEED TO BREAK THE BANK IN ORDER TO LOOK STUNNING ON THEIR BIG DAY .
At Demelza Hospice Care for Children ’ s charity shop in Canterbury , you can pick up a preloved or never-worn gown at a fraction of its original cost – or create a bespoke gown of your own .
The elegant basement room at 18a and 18b Burgate is bursting with over 300 styles and sizes of bridal gowns , plus a wide choice of bridesmaid or prom dresses and wedding accessories .
Dresses are carefully selected by Canterbury shop manager Lauren Ashby , a former jewellery designer with a fine eye for fashion , and can be altered to fit by volunteer seamstress Angela Sandey .
Prices start from just £ 80 , rising to £ 500 for brand new designer gowns . You ’ ll almost certainly find some big-name labels nestling on the racks .
The shop offers a personal service for brides-to-be and their families and friends – they can pop in to browse or book an appointment and have the whole department to themselves .
“ I think it ’ s such an amazing way to donate money to charity while getting a wonderful dress for yourself ,” said Lauren .
Demelza Hospice Care for Children provides vital care to seriously ill babies , children and young people and support to their wider families in Kent and across the South East .
You can contact the Canterbury bridal department on 01227 471896 . To find your nearest shop to donate a wedding or bridesmaid dress , please visit www . demelza . org . uk . 38