Vision

Angel babies that we have lost are forever close to our Hearts

– Felicia Tan

And this is how Angel Hearts came to be. We adopted the name Angel Hearts (AH) instead of Angel Gowns (AG) as Angel Hearts also encompasses the other services we provide to help our bereaved families cope with grief bringing comfort as we travel together along this long and difficult journey.

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Vision

Bring comfort to bereaved families whose baby have gone before them.

Mission


Dress angel babies with dignity for their final journey by repurposing wedding gowns.


Provide bereaved parents avenues to be supported by those who have suffered similar losses.


Instill hope and provide services for bereaved families to rebuild their family.

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PEOPLE BEHIND ANGEL HEARTS

Tham Bao Keat

Director, Angel Gown Lead

Keat is a calm and reserved lady, but her actions speak volume. She first joined Angel Hearts (AH) in October 2016 when it was still under Angel Gowns. Since then, she has stepped up as a distribution point to help other sewists in her area to get a kit to sew. She has joined numerous meet ups and events ran by AH and hence she is a familiar face to most of our volunteers. Likewise, she stepped up again when the need to have a crotchet lead aroused. The directors were concerned whether she can cope up with so many lead roles, however, she proved herself again by shining once more stepping up in faith and serving with joy.

While the path of Angel Hearts is rocky, the team decided to do more in fleas and bazaars and therefore required more sewists to sew on fund raising items, she committed to it again without any hesitation. It is of great admiration how a mother of 2 children without helper but so committed to step up again and again. She stepped up each time with joy and ease of such happiness and peace that it is a joy to have her around.

Likewise the call came again late last year when Rosalind decided to step down as a director and Keat gamely step up to be the new director. The team welcome her gladly and we hope that as a director she can serve to her core and maximum capacity to bring AH to greater heights.

Felicia Tan

Founder, Media & Event Lead

Felicia has gone through multiple infant losses, including a twin pregnancy. She worked through her grief by writing and publishing 3 books on her journey and appeared on various media channels to bravely share her experience and how she grew stronger after each loss.

With her personal media experience, she became the public face of Angel Hearts, sharing passionately the cause in media and interviews, creating awareness of pregnancy and infant losses, abolishing this taboo topic and the measures to cope with grief.

She also brought with her many years of experience as an entrepreneur with her own graphic and web design business, and sustainability measures to continue the cause in the long run which includes revenue generation through fund raising and CSR programs.

In 2017, Angel Hearts registered as a CLG and is actively fund raising so that we can build a steady stream of income to sustain the cause in the long run.

It is often not easy to make changes into the processes which have been set and it’s an ongoing uphill process.

Together, we are working towards attaining charity status to ensure that Angel Hearts lives on beyond our efforts. And we can’t do this alone, we need all the help we can get and we trust that it is just a matter of time that you, the community and an answering nation will respond to our cause.

Cheryl Chiu

Director, CSR & Finance Lead

Cheryl is a new addition to the team and is on board as a director as well as taking the lead in Angel Hearts’ corporate workshops for corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs.

With over 22 years of corporate experience and entrepreneurship, Cheryl has held various roles from different industries and functions bringing her wealth of experience to Angel Hearts.

In 2017, she reached a turning point in life and started to think differently – Life is short, Time is fast.

Thus, she would like to share her past experience and decided to giving back in different ways and since have been volunteering with various non profits and charities such as Project Give, Project Awareness, AWWA, Nam Hong Welfare Service Society and All Saints Home.

An unexpected invitation to Angel Hearts’ commemoration of “International Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day” in Oct 2018 started her journey with Angel Hearts. She was deeply touched by the effort and work put in by all of Angel Hearts’s volunteers. Indeed, ‘Giving is not just about making a donation, it is about making a difference.’

History of Angel Gowns (AG)

Angel Hearts has its beginnings from Angel Gowns which started off from a Facebook sewing hobby community and evolved into a platform to comfort bereaved women and send angel babies off with dignity.

How it all started

5 women met for the very first time in August 2016 to make a difference to help the bereaved. Within minimum knowledge, they sat and worked on prototypes, figuring out Asian babies sizing, shapes to work on and requirements of the hospitals. After which they launch the angel gowns patterns to sew during the first official meet up in October 2016.

the idea

The concept of angel gowns is adapted from similar organisations in the United States and Australia where they have robust charities upcycling preloved wedding gowns into angel apparel and bringing comfort to bereaved families.

why wedding gown?

“The gowns were used for happy occasions. When you link that love and happiness of the person who wore it, we hope it brings an element of love and comfort to a sad event.”

– Andrea Toh

So from wedding gowns, we re-purpose to Angel Gowns

From Angel Gowns, we extend the range to sewn wraps, bonnets and receiving blankets as well as loom beanies and crocheted booties….

THE PROCESS

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Wedding gowns and other materials are donated by members of the public

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Gowns and materials are taken apart by volunteers and packed into kits

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Kits are distributed to volunteers through distribution points

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Volunteers sew, crochet and embellish various angel apparel

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Completed items are QC-ed before sending to packing team volunteers

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Volunteers launder, iron and sew on an angel charm on each apparel before packing

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Wedding gowns and other materials are donated by members of the public

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Gowns and materials are taken apart by volunteers and packed into kits

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Kits are distributed to volunteers through distribution points

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Volunteers sew, crochet and embellish various angel apparel

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Completed items are QC-ed before sending to packing team volunteers

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Volunteers launder, iron and sew on an angel charm on each apparel before packing

Delivery to partner hospitals

Accomplishments

To date, we have:

550

donated gowns received

450

gowns, wraps & beanies delivered

120+

volunteers

214

hours training volunteers

3,006

hours spend sewing

180

hours meet up sessions

We are thankful for everyone who have contributed, donated and volunteered with us.

Are you on board yet?

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

CORPORATE PARTNERS

Nothing is made possible also without the collaboration with our corporate partners who helped delivered the gowns directly to the bereaved with immediate needs, love and attention. The various organisations (alphabetical order) are:

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