Zaagi is a registered Scottish Charity based in Lauder in the Scottish Borders. Founded in 2015 by Kimberly Shaw-Walker, to date we have been able to support families across Scotland and Northumberland with nesting blankets and blessing gown sets.
Zaagi is an Ojibwe word from the language of the Native American Indians in Michigan where Kim grew up. It means "to be loved and treasured" which seemed absolutely perfect. Nigel and Kim set up the charity after losing their baby Sarah at 35 weeks. Kim decided to try making a few gowns as a project to aid in her own grief. After a post on Facebook yielded 37 gowns very quickly, it became quite clear there was not only a need for the sets but for people to share their gowns and stories. Most of the wedding gowns we get are given in memory of a lost baby and so it is a very special and meaningful gift to receive.
In November 2015, Zaagi was granted charitable status and we were official. We have a wonderful group of dedicated trustees, a small core group of volunteers and community groups who support us very kindly however they can. Three years on and we have received nearly 2,500 gowns from brides, bridal designers and our dear friends at the Red Cross Shop in Stockbridge, Edinburgh.
Board of Trustees
Volunteer of the Year
Dr. Catherine Cormie, President, Trustee
Capt. Nigel Walker, Treasurer, Trustee
Mrs Kimberly Shaw-Walker, Secretary, Trustee
Mrs Lorna Ratky-Smith, Trustee
Mrs. Awdri Doyle, Trustee
Fr. Philip Blackledge, Trustee
Alice Guthrie, 2017 & 2018
Michelle Gibb, 2016