After you鈥檝e lost a loved one, sometimes you want to hang on to everything they own, and sometimes you need to pass their things along and give them a new life. After an elderly man in England lost his wife, he needed to do the latter.

The man (who wishes to remain anonymous) donated a vintage wedding dress to the charity shop St Gemma鈥檚 Hospice (whose proceeds provide care for medical patients suffering from cancer and other terminal illnesses). The dress came attached with a note that read, 鈥淚 wish any lady who takes this dress to have a life with her loved one, 56 years like I did, happy years. I was a lucky man to marry a lady like mine.鈥 You can go ahead and grab those tissues now.

Touched by the note鈥檚 message, the charity shop tracked the donor down. In a recent Facebook post, they wrote, 鈥淲e have found the kind gentleman who donated the beautiful vintage wedding dress to St Gemma鈥檚 Hospice this week. He is over the moon that we are giving somebody the opportunity to buy the gorgeous gown. He is a big fan of St Gemma鈥檚 Hospice and is overwhelmed with the International attention that his late wife鈥檚 dress is generating.鈥

After all the attention the dress has received, St Gemma鈥檚 Hospice decided not to sell the dress in their shop but rather to put it up for sale on eBay so that that it鈥檇 be available to people all across the globe. Currently the bidding is up to 拢606 ($940). However, the auction will remain open for another week so we鈥檙e guessing that price is about to skyrocket.

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