Anonymous gift of lovely gowns is proving popular

Lytham Oxfam prom dresses.  Susanne Seldon.
Lytham Oxfam prom dresses. Susanne Seldon.
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A selection of beautiful new gowns donated by a St Annes benefactor are flying out of Lytham’s Oxfam shop.

The 40 sample dresses, worth between £200 and £300 each, were previously on show in a Kendal bridal boutique, owned by a lady who wished to remain anonymous.

Sized from a six to a 20, the gowns are now on sale in Oxfam, Clifton Street, Lytham, at £29.99.

Oxfam shop manager, Hazel St John Taylor, said: “We were absolutely delighted when this kind lady brought these gorgeous dresses in to our shop.

“She wanted to help people overseas, such as those in Nepal who were left homeless with shattered lives following the earthquake, and hoped any money we raised would get to them quite quickly.

“She actually dropped the dresses off in bin bags.

“We didn’t realise how lovely they were until we unpacked them.

“We’re so grateful for such a wonderful gesture, which is already raising funds for people who need our help.

“The gowns are absolutely stunning, and just right for special occasions such as cruises, balls or weddings.

“Brides often choose different styles or colours to suit individual bridesmaids these days, and some of these dresses would be just perfect for a wedding. One girl, who was on a budget and was to be a bridesmaid at a wedding in Kos, was over the moon to find a long, sleeveless, dusky pink, Grecian-style gown, made from a crease-free fabric.

“Other dresses would be just right to wear for dinner and a night out.

“We also have 10 pairs of lovely shoes and a few pretty little dresses which will fit four to six year-olds.

“We’re showcasing the collection in the window and in the shop at the moment.

“Then, in September, whatever we have left, we’ll put away until November, when we’re planning a catwalk show at the County Hotel, Lytham, to promote the Christmas season.”