Rotherham teenager chooses Bluebell Wood shop’s wedding dress in memory of friend

Tabitha Howe, 16, of Rotherham, modelling one of Bluebell Wood's gowns
Tabitha Howe, 16, of Rotherham, modelling one of Bluebell Wood's gowns
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A South Yorkshire teenager has walked down the aisle in a charity wedding dress – in memory of her friend.

Sixteen-year-old Tabitha Howe chose to wear a dress she picked from a Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice charity shop when she took part in a mock wedding ceremony at St Bernard’s Catholic High School, in Herringthorpe, Rotherham.

After being nominated to be the bride by classmates, the Rotherham teen chose to make a donation to the hospice in order to borrow a dress from the charity’s Rotherham shop.

Her friend Natalie May passed away at Bluebell Wood in North Anston, Rotherham, two years ago, so Tabitha chose to support the charity through the event.

Natalie Howe, Tabitha’s mum, said: “It is amazing to be able to help Bluebell Wood in this way.

“I’d heard about the Rotherham shop’s huge collection of prom dresses and wedding dresses, so it just felt right to be able to give something back in order to use a wedding dress.

“She looked fabulous and I’d like to thank Bluebell Wood’s shops for this opportunity.”

Mel Butterley, assistant manager at the shop on Wellgate, said: “We pride ourselves on the range and quality of prom and wedding dresses we have here.

“We have some amazing items, which all help raise vital funds for our hospice.

“This event sounded like something a bit different and we’re pleased to be able to help in memory of Natalie.

“The children we care for at Bluebell Wood are given the best specialist care and our hospice is filled with love and laughter.

“I am pleased Tabitha enjoyed wearing the dress.”