Right dress, wrong aisle

WHEN Victoria Pyett walks up the aisle in her wedding dress she will look every inch the blushing bride.The only difference is that the aisle will not be in a church but in a supermarket - and there's not going to be a wedding.

WHEN Victoria Pyett walks up the aisle in her wedding dress she will look every inch the blushing bride.

The only difference is that the aisle will not be in a church but in a supermarket - and there's not going to be a wedding.

Mrs Pyett, 27, is wearing her wedding dress for a day to raise money for a charity which helps premature babies and their families.

It is a national fundraising day when wives will be donning the dresses from their special days while carrying out their daily routine.

Mrs Pyett of Atherton Road, Ipswich said: “I'm a full-time mum with four children and I'll be making a point of going to the supermarket in it and seeing how people react to me.

“Other women will be wearing them to work and I'll be doing my housework in it - the cleaning, cooking the dinner and everything.”

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The dress, a white slender number with burgundy flowers, was last out of her wardrobe on June 3 when Mrs Pyett married her husband Tony.

The charity Mrs Pyett is supporting is Bliss, the premature baby charity. Three of Mrs Pyett's children were born prematurely.

She said: “My eldest daughter Kimberley Clarke is five and was born on her due date.

“The other three are children with my husband Tony and they were all premature. Charlie is 23 months and was born six weeks early, spending 15 days in special care.

“My twins Harry and Louise, now four months old, were born eight weeks early and spent eight weeks in special care.

“Harry suffered a collapsed lung at two days and had to have a chest drain. Both babies were on ventilators.

“Luckily, all three are now doing well.”

Mrs Pyett added that a lot of the information for the neonatal unit at Ipswich Hospital comes from the charity Bliss.

She said: “They are there for families of premature babies right through and I know if I'm struggling I can just pick up the phone for help.”

National Wedding Dress Day is being run by Take a Break magazine on August 25.

WEBLINK:

www.bliss.org.uk

www.takeabreakmagazine.co.uk

Are you doing something unusual for charity? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

The UK has the highest rate of low birth-weight babies in western Europe.

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