Brave mum wears wedding dress again

PUBLISHED: 08:45 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 15 June 2010

AN Axminster woman stepped out wearing her wedding dress again to walk down the aisle of her local supermarket.

AN Axminster woman stepped out wearing her wedding dress again to walk down the aisle - of her local supermarket.Amy Larcombe, 24, of North Street, donned the ceremonial outfit to wear to work, to go shopping and go about her every day business - in aid of charity.In a bid to raise money for Cancer Research and Born Too Soon, she tolerated the strange looks and giggles her dress attracted in the unfamiliar surroundings.Although she and husband Danny have been together for six years, they finally tied the knot in April. Not wanting to hide away her gown just yet, she seized the chance to wear it for a good cause.But amid the fun and laughter of the National Wedding Dress Day on Friday (August 29), mother of two Amy's appeal was based on her own tragic experiences.Two years ago, at 38 weeks pregnant, her unborn girl Chelsea was diagnosed as brain damaged and she was advised to either terminate the pregnancy, or give birth and then lose her.Separated at the time from Danny, Amy said it was the most difficult decision she ever had to make - and she had to do it alone."Around 17 weeks into the pregnancy I felt something was wrong," she said. "It was my third baby and she wasn't active. I asked the doctors, but they said she was healthy."But when I was soon due to give birth, I started bleeding and was rushed into hospital. After scans I was told then that her brain had stopped growing."I felt like I was watching TV and that it was happening to someone else. Yet I knew in my heart the decision I had to make. People might think abortion is wrong - but there are times when it's the only choice. "No matter how much you love them, if they are not going to have much of a life, you have to let go. It doesn't mean I don't regret it, but I did what was best for her, my children, my family.Despite believing she made the right decision, Amy says she will never get over her loss."I've never got over losing her. I carried her, was in labour for 20 hours - and had nothing for it. I was attached to my baby since I first became pregnant. I named her, got the cot ready. She was almost a full baby - with hair, a heart beat and a name."As well as the heartache, Amy feels angry that Chelsea's condition was not recognised earlier. "I felt let down by the NHS. I think something should have been picked up a lot sooner and I still want to know what happened. I wasn't given any information about the cause or the result from the autopsy."I also feel I let Chelsea down - as her mother, I should have protected her."Currently advised by doctors not to have any more children, Amy says Born Too Soon - linked to other charities which help families who have lost a child - helped her through her grief. Charity Cancer Research is also close to home, as many members of her family have been hit by the illness.Amy has lost an aunt to breast cancer, an uncle was recently diagnosed with leukaemia, and her grandmother has survived lung cancer.After tragedy repeatedly struck the family, Amy has learned to appreciate the good things in life: "I'm blessed with two beautiful children and a wonderful husband," she said.To sponsor Amy, visit www.weddingdressday.co.uk


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