Maia Dunphy donating her wedding dress ‘to raise a smile and funds for a charity’

Telly star Maia Dunphy is donating her wedding dress to charity — saying she will never wear it again.

The former Podge and Rodge star is donating her Jenny Packham gown to Oxfam to encourage brides to wear a second-hand frock.

Maia wore it when she tied the knot with British comedian Johnny Vegas back in 2011 but the pair continued to live separately in London and Dublin.

They have one son together, Tom, who was born in 2015.

Maia said: “After wearing my dress during lockdown, to raise a smile and funds for a charity close to my heart, I realised there’s no point in keeping my gorgeous Jenny Packham wedding dress locked away in a bag forever.

“I’m never going to wear it again and fear that one day I’ll take it down for a peek to find a moth hole in it.”

Johnny Vegas and Maia Dunphy attending the Jameson Empire Film Awards in 2016.

Lorraine Keane is also donating her Jesus Peiro wedding dress, which she bought in San Sebastian.

Lorraine, who is the founder of Fashion Relief with Oxfam Ireland, said: “Your wedding day is a time to celebrate love, happiness and a future together.

“For many couples, incorporating some sustainable elements or charitable giving into their special day is becoming more popular.

“You also don’t have to spend a fortune to look a million dollars.

“By booking an appointment with Oxfam Bridal today you can browse and try on a selection of beautiful brand new and pre-loved wedding dresses. From vintage to the occasional designer gown, Oxfam’s dedicated Bridal Rooms in Dublin and Bangor stock all styles and sizes.”

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