CREATIQUES Bridal Boutique in Southsea has made a wish come true for a Portchester woman – by turning her into a princess for a day.
Holly Joiner-Mason, who is 25, has a terminal medical condition called velocardiofacial syndrome.
The surprise was organised after Holly’s mum Wendy spoke to co-owners of the Albert Road boutique, Andrew and Rob Pearce, about her daughter’s condition and her wish to travel to Disneyland to meet a Disney princess and be one for a day herself.
As Holly’s condition is now terminal, she is not able to make the trip.
Instead, Rob and Andrew arranged for Cinderella to come to the store and hand-deliver Holly’s very own Justin Alexander bridal gown. John Snowden, a professional photographer was asked to photograph the whole event as a keepsake for Holly. Andrew went on to create a hair design for Holly and dressed her as a princess, complete with her own sparkling tiara.
Wendy said: ‘Holly was choked up and speechless on the day, which doesn’t often happen. The whole experience for her was amazing.
‘She said it was the best day of her life.
‘She felt like every women should feel on her wedding day – like a true princess.
‘Holly’s sister Ellie-May and I are truly amazed and humbled at such genuine kindness shown by everyone involved for all their hard work.’
Also on Holly’s wishlist is to raise awareness of her condition and raise funds to buy an AccuVein machine for Queen Alexandra Hospital’s urology unit.
The machine is a vein finder and illumination device that can make drawing blood and IV insertion easier and quicker and less uncomfortable for patients.
After spending almost four months in hospital this year, having multiple cannulas – a painful and uncomfortable process – Holly is determined to raise funds for this expensive piece of portable equipment for the unit, which could help children, elderly and anyone with similar issues in the future.
Miss G, Andrew Pearce’s alter ego, will perform on the March 20 next year at the Sailors Home Club in Queens Street, Portsea, on behalf of Holly’s charity appeal to help raise the £12,000 needed to buy the portable device for the hospital.
n If you want to know more about how you can donate to Holly’s cause, please contact Wendy Joiner-Mason on (023) 9278 5723.
n For tickets for the Miss G show, visitfabulous-missg.co.uk.