A BRIDE will be travelling hundreds of miles by train to raise money for charity – all while wearing a wedding dress and veil.
Emma Hartley, 33, from Crewe, Cheshire, will travel all the way to Alton tomorrow to support good causes and a charity event.
She’s undertaking the trip to attend the Wear It Again Charity Ball, which is taking place on Saturday at the Alton Maltings Centre, in aid of Sands, the stillbirth and neo-natal death charity, and the Ally Cadence Trust for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (ACT for SMA).
Her daughter, Eilys, was diagnosed with type one spinal muscular atrophy just before Christmas last year and sadly died on June 28, just two weeks after her first birthday.
Emma explained that ACT for SMA gave the family brilliant support following the diagnosis, which made a world of difference during those difficult times, and this is why she is fundraising for the cause.
The journey will see her board a Virgin train from Crewe to London, then the Tube from Euston to Waterloo, then South West Trains will take her to Woking and another train to Alton.
Best friend Katherine Guenioui is organising the Wear It Again Charity Ball where people are invited to dig out a wedding or prom dress or a suit they thought they would never wear again.
“Having been supported by Sands following the stillbirth of my first child, Brandon, in November 2014, last year my husband and I raised over £2,000 by doing a charity run,” she explained.
“This year I wanted to do something more and invite others to participate, and the response has been amazing. I’ve connected with people on Facebook who I didn’t know prior to starting this venture and have been joined by others sympathetic to the cause and enthusiastic about the event, as well as one lady who has sadly experienced two stillbirths herself.
“It’s a cliché to say that no-one should have to bury their child. The reality is it happens every day. Charities such as these help support people like me through the darkest times, so we want to give something back so that they can continue supporting others.”
To attend the ball, visit wearitagainball.wordpress.com.