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Convoy launches mission of love
Liz Fletcher, dress donor
More wedding dresses are urgently needed
Women in Nottinghamshire are being asked to donate their wedding dresses to a good cause.

The Nottinghamshire Police Aid Convoy is appealing for 1,000 dresses which it wants to take to girls in orphanages in Russia.

The charity sends the outfits to young girls in orphanages in Moscow and Krasnador where single mothers alter the garments before hiring them out.

Workers say 180 gowns have been donated so far, but they need many more.

Treasured memories

David Scott, from Nottinghamshire Police Aid Convoy, said: "Some of the girls who have access to these wedding dresses wouldn't normally have access to a wedding dress and wouldn't dream of having access to a wedding dress.

"It's a super thing to do and they're going to be used and used again, they're going to be altered and cleaned and then hired out to people to provide an income to for the orphanages."

One woman who has decided its time to let go of her treasured frock is Liz Fletcher in Nottinghamshire.

She said: "I think anybody's wedding dress is a very personal item with lots of memories, but you've still got your memories and photographs.

"I think it's a good idea to part with this and give someone else some joy and happiness."

The convoy leaves for Russia in August.

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