Simone Selby: Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies
Simone shines a ray of light in a time of grief
Simone Selby was looking for a way to help her local community when she came across Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies, a charity that provides comfort to parents who have lost a baby.
The Angel Gowns volunteers create funeral gowns from donated wedding dresses and they crochet and knit blankets and other items for the babies’ final journey.
“I’m lucky enough to have three children and five grandchildren and I just wanted to give something back to those not as fortunate as me,” Simone says.
According to the charity, parents who suffer pregnancy loss through miscarriage and stillbirth are distressed and find it difficult to find suitable outfits for funerals.
Simone assists in handcrafting Angel Packs consisting of a gown, beanie, booties, blanket and a special keepsake for parents.
These are supplied to hospitals and funeral homes and are also available through the organisation’s website and Facebook page at no charge.
Simone says that putting together the Angel Packs helps her to keep active. “I need to be constantly doing something.
I can sit and watch TV and still knit the beanies, booties and blankets, or just spend quality time with my family.”
The organisation has gifted thousands of Angel Packs in the four years it has been in existence, touching many families throughout Australia.
Simone is grateful for the recognition that comes with being voted a Westfield Local Hero.
“It’s nice to be thought of because we’re not a charity that a lot of people know about.”
The charity will use its $10,000 Westfield Local Heroes grant to fund sewing supplies, stationery, printing and freight for the Angel Gowns.