Peterborough campaign to collect prom dresses for charity

While Hannah Marchant was looking at her old bridesmaid and prom dresses which had been sitting in her wardrobe for years she decided to put them to a better use.

Saturday, 1st February 2020, 10:33 am
Hannah Marchant with her Prom Alley dresses business EMN-200129-155555009

Hannah, 27, a custody officer at Peterborough prison, decided she wanted to gift them to anyone in need of a special dress.

She then discovered the charity website, which aims to ease financial hardship by offering the free loan of special dresses to students who could otherwise not afford one.

Hannah originally set herself a target of collecting 50 dresses, but with the help of friends, family, colleagues and even strangers, Hannah has collected over 100!

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Hannah said: “I feel the dresses can be used for other people that may not have been as lucky as me.

“My mother and father separated when I was young and looking back now I’m shocked at how they managed to spend so much money on a dress that I wore for six hours.

“The stress of money is very common and if I can help someone feel beautiful and their parents to not have to worry about their finances then I’ll be happy.

“It’s definitely something I would’ve done if the scheme was around when I needed a dress. It’s so important to have charities like this to prevent families from stressing about where to find the money for a dress for prom and not wanting to let their child down.

“Some are more expensive than wedding dresses! 
Each dress is beautiful but if we can recycle them it’s better for the environment and better for everyone’s bank accounts.”

Having only collected the dresses since October, Hannah has made an incredible difference and plans to have an annual collection before the prom season begins.

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