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Beth Jones, Gemma Bleasdale, Charlotte Porter and Emma Williamson on Charlotte's mini prom
Beth Jones, Gemma Bleasdale, Charlotte Porter and Emma Williamson on Charlotte's mini prom
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A STUDENT who missed her Leavers Prom when she fell from a horse has enjoyed her very own special event.

Charlotte Porter, 16, broke her ankle in the accident near her home in Preesall.

Despite pleading with doctors at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, she was told she could not attend the St Aidan’s School Prom scheduled the next day.

But to the youngster’s surprise, staff at the school and at The Village Heron’s Reach organised a mini-prom.

Charlotte, of Fordstone Avenue, who has just enrolled at Myerscough College, said she was ‘over the moon’ when she was told what was planned.

She said: “I was really excited when I found out what had been organised for me – it was such a shock.

“I was so disappointed when I was told there was no chance I could go to the actual Prom, because I had to stay in hospital for a week. And even though I wish I had gone to the school Prom, this was just as good. Staff at the hotel were so helpful and really looked after us.”

Charlotte and three friends enjoyed a pamper session at the hotel, followed by a meal at Buca Di Beppo’s restaurant.

Charlotte added: “The dinner was amazing, we all ordered huge meals. The pampering was fun as well, very different because I am not usually a ‘girly girl’ but it made a nice change.”

Anthony Lord, assistant headteacher at St Aidan’s, said: “I know how much horse-riding has meant to Charlotte over the years, but I also know how much she had been looking forward to the Prom.

“This is the culmination of the five years this group has spent together, and Charlotte was really down about missing out.

“That is why I was so delighted when our friends at Heron’s Reach offered to host a mini-Prom for Charlotte and her closest friends.”