STUDENTS will have the perfect opportunity to be the 'belle or prince of the ball' at their school proms after buying dresses and suits at Tynedale Hospice at Home's pop-up prom shop at their new base on  35-37 Fore Street, Hexham, NE46 1LU.

The charity has teamed up with Queen Elizabeth High School’s Parent, Teacher and Friends Association (PTFA) to hold the prom pop-up shop once again to give QEH and other local students the chance to get the perfect prom look for less.

On Sunday, February 4 between 1pm – 4pm, they will be able to choose from 200 discounted prom dresses and suits in nearly-new condition with many having been worn just once before.

Proceeds raised at the event will be split with money going to Tynedale Hospice at Home and the PTFA at Queen Elizabeth High School.

It’s hoped that parents and students will take this chance to save some money, shop consciously and raise funds for both causes.

Tynedale Hospice at Home provides end-of-life nursing care to locals as well as a patient transport service, bereavement and counselling support and complementary therapies – all thanks to the generosity of the community.

Prices will be around £50 or less and the collection includes donated dresses and suits in a variety of sizes and styles.

Shoppers can use the fitting rooms at the new retail premises for the charity where the pop up will be located meaning it’s also a chance to see how the store is looking before doors open later in the spring.

Ashleigh Trotter, Retail Operations Manager for Tynedale Hospice at Home said: “We know from talking to the PTFA and our own customers that its more than acceptable to wear a pre-loved outfit to a special occasion.

"Buying second-hand keeps items in use for longer and reduces your carbon footprint which is an important factor for many students these days.

"Added to that is the cost saving for parents who often foot the bills for prom.

"It’s also just a great, fun way to raise funds that will go back into helping the community.”