Portsmouth businesses to give free makeovers to people with autism ahead of winter prom

Make, a project run by Aldingbourne Trust, is hosting a prom for people with learning disabilities and/or autism later this year. Picture: Supplied
Make, a project run by Aldingbourne Trust, is hosting a prom for people with learning disabilities and/or autism later this year. Picture: Supplied
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ADULTS with learning disabilities will be suited, booted and given a free makeover ahead of a prom night later this year.

On Wednesday, December 11, the Royal British Legion club in Lucknow Street, Portsmouth, will play host to a winter wonderland-themed prom for people with learning disabilities and/or autism in Hampshire and Sussex.

The event is being held on behalf of Make – a project from the Aldingbourne Trust based in Cornwall Road, Fratton.

But organisers have been able to go one step further by rallying the community to giving those attending the event a chance to pick out their dream outfit, as well as be pampered ahead of the main event.

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The trust will host a shopping evening on Friday, November 8, where guests can choose from a range beautiful prom dresses, suits, shirts, ties and accessories – with snacks available while they shop.

Then on the day of the prom, the team will be hosting a ‘get ready event’ where more than 50 hairdressers and make up artists will be turning the centre into a salon for the day.

Businesses from far and wide pledged their support for the event on social media, from doing hair and makeup to donating prom dresses to wear.

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Sam Butler from Sammy B’s Hair Designs in Felpham said: ‘I would absolutely love to help, obviously no charge for such a rewarding honour.’

‘I’d be truly privileged to be a part of it,’ added Jenna Ahmed, from Hair in Bloom, Portsmouth.

Make’s team leader Sarah Mitas said: ‘We love to create opportunities for the people we support to have fun and live the lives they choose.

‘This is a great opportunity for people to make new friends and new connections within the local community.

‘Many people have not been able to experience a traditional school prom – so this will make many dreams come true.’

The Winter Wonderland Prom is open to anyone over the age of 18 with a learning disability and/or autism.

Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased by calling Sarah on (023) 9282 2026.