More than 300 attended a prom and party fair in Clayton-le-Moors organised by a schoolgirl.

Shelby Jones, who is a year 11 pupil at St Christopher’s High School and one of its designated charity coordinators, staged the event at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel with all profits going to charity.

Boys and girls from the school dressed up in suits, dresses and kilts to model fashionable outfits from exhibitors.

A wide variety of products and services were also showcased including cars, shoes, accessories, sweets and treats and Fitzpatrick’s ‘Mock-Tail’ bar.

The fair included three fashion shows, hair and beauty demonstrations and singing from performer Rachel Spencer.

Kerry and David Hargreaves Photography
 

Pupils from more than 40 high schools and sixth forms across Lancashire attended the event with proceeds going towards the Shining Faces Orphanage in India.

Shelby, from Clayton-le-Moors, said the event was a huge success and raised more than £2,500. She said: “It’s been a massive challenge organising this event. I never realised it would be so difficult or time consuming, but I am also benefiting personally as it is also a great learning experience.

“All the effort so far has been worthwhile and we are hoping to have raised over £2,500.

“If we can bring a small amount of joy to the children in India it has been worthwhile and it was a really successful event.”

Shelby is one of 16 pupils from the Accrington school who will visit the orphanage in July which supports more than 2,000 children.

She said: “The group will spend 10 days living in the orphanage and will be put to work supporting the children in a variety of ways.

“I will personally be training the older orphans in basic hairdressing and asking salons to donate equipment to take over.

Organiser Shelby Jones picture by Kerry and David Hargreaves Photography
 

“St Christopher’s High School has visited the orphanage a number of times in the last few years and has seen the orphanage grow from strength to strength. They are currently building a hospital which will not only serve the orphans but also the community.”