A WARDROBE in Chafford Hundred is brimming with prom dresses in desperate need of being shown off during this year’s prom season.
The dresses have been carefully collected, cleaned and closeted by local lady, Chloe Levelle, 24, who is on a mission to ensure teenage girls across Thurrock get to go to prom without the worry of buying a dress.
In partnership with intu Lakeside and Thurrock Council, Chloe has arranged a full day of pampering for invited guests. With Las Iguanas providing a unique dressing room experience, choosing a dress to take home and keep will be a dream!
She said: “When I was at school, prom was a huge deal.
“I spent months planning what I would do with my hair, how I would get to the venue, what dress I should wear – but it was pointed out to me recently that actually – for many girls here in Thurrock, going to prom isn’t possible.
“The cost of prom can quickly add up meaning for some people, attending is simply not an option because of cost.
“Using Facebook, I put a post out asking if anybody I knew had a prom dress they wanted to donate and it’s kind of snow balled from there – and for that, I just want to say a huge thanks to everybody who has – and continues to – contact me.
“I think every girl in Thurrock should have the chance to feel like a princess and attend prom with her friends.”
As of Monday 5 June, Chloe has collected 70 dresses of various styles, shapes and sizes.
Her next step is to write to all local head teachers and social workers and ask them to nominate people who may not be attending prom and who might like a invite to the ‘Choose your dress’ event next week (Monday 12 June).
She added: “I’m still taking donations but right now, the ones I have need homes – to nominate somebody who may benefit, you can just e-mail me confidentially. We will then arrange for one of our golden invitations to be sent out.
For more information, to arrange a donation or nomination, e-mail Chloe at Chloelevelle@outlook.com