Friends have a brilliant idea that could save struggling parents hundreds of pounds.
Kate Mackintosh and Nicci Harrison are lending skint families prom dresses and suits for free
Two Liverpool friends have come up with a brilliant idea to help struggling parents ahead of the school prom by lending them donated outfits for free.
Businesswoman Kate Mackintosh, 33, and her Merseyrail worker pal Nicci Harrison, from Netherton, came up with the idea after seeing a teenager pleading on Facebook for someone to lend her a prom dress.
Kate told The ECHO: “I saw her post, and I thought ‘God love her’, and then I thought about the number of dresses I have upstairs and girls like me have.”
“I asked all of my friends and family and then the collection just grew. You know what Scousers are like!”
She then began collecting what has become an extensive inventory of dresses, shoes, and accessories waiting for people to borrow so they can show them off at their school prom.
Kate said: “Most of us girls get a dress, wear it once, and that’s it. Why can’t someone else benefit from wearing it?
“There’s a lot of pressure on young girls to look glamorous now, and that can cost a lot of money for families that often can’t afford to spend that much – what we’re doing is trying to take away that financial pressure. As long as the girl is happy, that’s all that matters.”
Kate, a beautician from Orrell Park, has received a number of offers from contacts in the beauty industry who want to help.
She said: “It’s not just dressing, but hair and makeup can be very expensive too, the friends I have in beauty have really pulled together for this, it’s been great.”
Article: Liverpool Echo & Photo: Geoff Davies