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On Tuesday 13 February visitors to Chestnut Tree’s Uckfield shop got a sneak preview of the range of party, prom, evening and dance dresses currently available in the store.
The shop has been totally transformed, filled entirely with glitzy gowns for all occasions as well as sparkly accessories to complete the look. Customers on the night were snapping up the gorgeous gowns, priced from £25 to £195, with a few wedding dresses available for £300. “I have chosen an amazing prom dress” said 16 year old Chelsea Wigginton who attends Beacon Academy. “It’s totally different to what I thought I wanted but I can’t stop smiling.” Others were buying for weddings and special parties.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response this evening,” commented shop manager Angie Page. “We’re really looking forward to welcoming more people into the store in the coming weeks to try on these unique pieces and find the perfect outfit for their big occasion.”
Nearly 100 dresses were donated to the charity and proceeds from their sale will be used to provide care for children with life-shortening conditions across Sussex and South East Hampshire. “We care for around 300 children and families” says Angie, “both at our purpose-built hospice near Arundel and in families’ own homes across the region. It costs well over £3.5 million to provide this care, yet families are never charged so we rely heavily on the generosity of the local community to allow us to keep caring for local children. By buying a dress for a special occasion at Chestnut Tree’s Uckfield shop you will not only be making a huge saving, but you’ll be making a real difference to local families.”
The dresses and accessories will be on sale at the Chestnut Tree House shop at 23 High Street, Uckfield until Saturday 3 March. There are lots of different styles, colours and sizes to try on and buy, just pop in to the shop between 10am and 5pm Monday to Saturday and the team will help you find the perfect dress.