Dust off your bridal gown, bridesmaid dress or prom dress and relive your big day for Sunderland’s St Benedict’s Hospice!

Annemarie Henderson in her wedding dress on Roker Beach, she is inviting fellow brides, bridesmaids and prom queens to join her at a charity ball in October at the Roker Hotel.
Annemarie Henderson in her wedding dress on Roker Beach, she is inviting fellow brides, bridesmaids and prom queens to join her at a charity ball in October at the Roker Hotel.
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BRIDES are being given the chance to wear their wedding dresses one more time.

Annmarie Henderson is calling on women to dig out their bridal gown, prom dress or bridesmaid’s dress for a fund-raising ball in aid of Sunderland’s St Benedict’s Hospice.

The 35-year-old, of Grangetown, is organising the event after her grandmother, Mary Campbell, was cared for at the hospice, in Newcastle Road.

She said: “My nan was diagnosed with terminal cancer three years ago and St Benedict’s were fantastic with the way they looked after her.

“There was not a thing they did wrong. The level of care was just out of this world.”

Mary, of Red House, died in 2009, aged 76.

Annmarie hopes the ball will raise thousands of pounds for St Benedict’s.

She said: “I always hear women wish that they could wear their dresses again, so this seemed like a great way to do it.

“I’m really excited. I hope people can get into the spirit of it.”

Annmarie – who married project manager Iain, 29, three years ago – owns a bridal shop, Solo, in Ryhope Road, Grangetown.

Sylvia Stoneham, St Benedict’s Hospice fund-raiser, said: “Annmarie actually came in and she’s a lovely lady. I think the charity ball is a really good idea, I think she’s really on to something with that.

“We’re always grateful to people who donate and help to raise money like this.”

Sunderland’s Mayor and Mayoress are set to attend the ball and Annmarie hopes more than 200 people will join them to raise vital funds for the hospice.

Although this is Annmarie’s first time organising a charity event, she says she is going to do more in the future and even hopes to make the ball an annual fund-raiser.

The event will take place at The Roker Hotel on Friday, October 28, and will include a three-course dinner, music, entertainment and charity raffles.

For more information or to buy a ticket, which cost £20 each, contact Annmarie on 567 2152 or 07401 312360.

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