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Bourne Academy collects prom dresses for pupils

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A year leader with a plan hopes to help people be able to go to proms this year.

Francine Lynas, year lead coordinator for Year 11 at Bourne Academy, has set up a prom dress outlet.

This means that pupils can borrow a dress for their prom and return it the next day free of charge.

Fran Lynas with some of the dresses on offer (56201115)
Fran Lynas with some of the dresses on offer (56201115)

Francine said: “Families have faced a lot of hardship over covid and I just though what a great idea to collect dresses.

“It is still in its early stages as we started collecting at the end of last term but we are really going to push for donations this term.”

The outlet offers pupils dresses, suits, bags, shoes and costume jewellery.

This year, the school is changing its venue from Greetham Valley in Rutland to Crown Hall Farm in West Pinchbeck after its original venue did not want families coming to see the pupils and Francine felt that this was an important part of prom.

“Prom is an opportunity for pupils to celebrate their success, send them off and say well done,” Fran said.

“They start to feel like your family and so it really is a fantastic night.”

Francine, who will be going to the prom, has facilitated a changing room and mirror so that pupils can try the outfits on ready for the occasion.

People can donate items by bringing them to reception of the school or emailing: LynasF@bourneacademy.org.

She is also happy to come and pick up any donations if they are local.

“I hate the fact that some people may not be able to afford prom and I hope this helps,” Francine said.

“I encourage members of the public to donate suits, shoes or bags to make this a special occasion for all pupils.”

For pupils to arrange a time to look at the dresses, email Francine Lynas to organise a time.

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