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24th Aug 2021

Model Sophie Anderton donates wedding dress to Irish cancer charity

Sarah McKenna Barry

The model will auction off the gown to raise some much needed funds.

English model Sophie Anderton, who recently tied the knot in Ireland, has donated her stunning wedding gown to ARC Cancer Support Centres.

Sophie married her partner Count Kazimierz Balinski-Jundzill at a civil ceremony on the grounds of Glendalough House in Laragh earlier this month.

The model, who fronted many campaigns throughout the ’90s, actually wore two wedding dresses on her special day, both of which were made by Irish designer Helen Cody.

She wore one gown – a lace, embroidered off-the-shoulder dress – to the ceremony, and changed into another – an ivory tiered dress – for the reception.

Since their nuptials, Sophie and Helen decided together to sell the first gown with the aim of raising some much-needed funds for ARC.

On Instagram, Cody wrote: “I was thrilled when she asked me to make her wedding dress and as she told me it would be featured in @hellomag we hatched a plan to do something lovely for @arccancersupport.”

She continued: “Sophie is as sustainable as I am, so rather the dress languish in her wardrobe we are going to auction it for @arccancersupport centres to raise funds for my beloved charity.”

The wedding has been a long time coming for Sophie and Kaz. The couple – who have been together for four years – had to postpone their wedding three times due to restrictions before opting for a small civil ceremony and reception.

On Instagram, Sophie spoke about what their special day meant to her.

She said: “Never have I felt such happiness, inner peace and a true sense of belonging since as I have since the day I married you @Kazbalinski… thank you for everything you are my love and all that you make me… You are my home, my present my past but also my lifelong future! You were so right my love marriage suits me! Always and forever Mr. Balinski.”