Can you help staff at St Gemma's Hospice track down the mystery pensioner who donated the gown?
A charity shop in Leeds has kicked off a search to find the mystery donator of a wedding dress.
The dainty gown, which features delicate lace sleeves and embroidered flowers on the skirt, was discovered by staff at St Gemma’s Hospice when they were sorting through a pile of frocks.
A small piece of paper with a heart-warming handwritten note was pinned to the design. Are you ready to hear it?
The message read: ‘I wish any lady who takes this dress to have a life with her loved one, 56 years like I did, happy years. I was a lucky man to marry a lady like mine.’
Although the letters ‘PTO’ were scrawled beneath the text, the store’s helpers have revealed that there was nothing written on the back.
In a bid to find the pensioner who dropped the dress off, a status was shared on the Facebook page for St Gemma’s Hospice on Monday.
‘Desperately seeking the kind gentleman who donated this one-off classic vintage wedding dress to our Garforth bridal and occasion wear charity shop. If you have any details please contact us…‘ it said.
Unsurprisingly, the post captured the attention of many followers.
‘Beautiful…what a heart touching story,..St Gemma’s, if I ever won the lottery I would give it to this beautiful place,‘ said one. ‘I could never repay them for looking after my late husband….keep up the good work..x.‘
Another added: ‘Absolutely beautiful with awesome story behind.‘
Although the man’s identity is yet to be discovered, people from all over the world have stated their interest in buying the special piece.
To give individuals who aren’t local the chance to purchase it, St Gemma’s hospice have listed the wedding dress on eBay. The highest bid for the item currently stands at £375.55.
St Gemma’s Hospice provides care for those suffering from cancer or other life threatening illnesses.