PEOPLE in Ilminster are being encouraged to dust off their old frocks and rock them for a fantastic charity fundraiser.

The organisers have previously run two wedding dress balls in the town, and are now opening up the wardrobe to other barely-used outfits.

The Rock Your Frock Moth Ball will this year raise money in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity and Macmillan Cancer Support, which were chosen in memory of two townsfolk who passed away.

Kelly Coller, one of the event organisers said: “We all have that beautiful dress or dapper suit that we wish we could wear again, don’t we?

“Well here’s your opportunity to find it at the back of your wardrobe and bring it out for another airing.

“Think bridal gowns, prom dresses, ball gowns, bridesmaids outfits, wedding suits, tuxedos, lounge suits, dinner jackets - anything goes so there is no need to buy something new.”

The previous two events have seen fantastic support form the community, raising nearly £8,000 for charities.

RYF2020 is also organised by Nichola Chesterton, Keith Barge, Nicola Judge-Hughes and Amy Bernstone.

The first person they are fundraising in memory of is Denise Ross, who attended the previous two Rock Your Frock events.

Kelly added: “Denise was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2017, shortly after attending our second Rock Your Frock event.

“She fought a courageous battle and was supported by her nearest and dearest, but lost her battle just over a year later in 2018.

“Having been to both RYF16 and RYF17, it seemed a fitting tribute to Denise to support charities in her memory for RYF2020.”

The second person it is in memory of is seven-year-old Rhys Rodway.

“Rhys Rodway was an amazing little boy,” Kelly said.

“A Spiderman super fan, he always had a smile on his face. Heartbreakingly, he was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in the summer of 2018.

“Throughout his illness, he continued to beat the odds time and time again.

“An red belt in karate, he was a fighter through and through, but he sadly lost his courageous battle at the beginning of this year.”

The fundraiser is set to take place on March 14 at The Shrubbery Hotel.

Tickets cost £45 and include an arrival drink, a three course meal fit, plus the opportunity to pose in the photo booth with professional photographer Aoife Gray, or dance the night away.

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