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Bridal gowns, bridesmaid's outfits and prom dresses among haul
A BOSCOMBE charity shop is set to raise at least £10,000 after a surprise donation of 100 wedding and special occasion dresses.
Bridal gowns, bridesmaid's outfits and prom dresses are among the haul presented to the PDSA shop in Christchurch Road.
Brides on a budget are now flocking to the shop to pick up a bargain and raise money for the veterinary charity at the same time.
Area manager Annie Campbell knows who the donation is from but the generous donor has asked to remain anonymous.
She told the Daily Echo: “I often get out and about talking to people to try to get more donations. When this was offered I had no idea how many dresses we were going to get and what sort of quality they would be.”
She said many are new, with the tags still on, and that a lot of the dresses have a recommended retail value of more than £500.
Wedding gowns are up for sale for between £150 and £250 with other dresses fetching £60 to £70.
Annie said she decided to keep all the dresses in one store so brides-to-be could have as much choice as possible.
“We have had a huge amount of interest in the dresses” she added. “We are extremely grateful for the donation.”
The PDSA, People's Dispensary for Sick Animals, offers free veterinary care to animals belonging to people on housing or council tax benefits.
One of the charity's hospitals is in Castle Lane West in Bournemouth.
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