Get your gladrags on for glamorous charity fundraiser tomorrow night

Mike Smith, Oakman Inns chairman and Kings Arms assistant manager Emma Russell.
Mike Smith, Oakman Inns chairman and Kings Arms assistant manager Emma Russell.

Most of us have got a fancy ball gown, prom dress or even a big white wedding dress bought for that one special day now just gathering dust in the back of the wardrobe, so why not give it an airing for a good cause tomorrow night?

The Kings Arms in Berkhamsted is hosting a Once Worn event and encouraging all ladies and gents to wear an outfit from their wardrobe that’s only been worn the once - it could be a posh tux, a dodgy fancy dress outfit or just an impulse sale buy.

The evening is part of assistant manager Emma Russell’s bid to reach her fundraising target of £3,500 after she was chosen from other employees to trek 85km across the Himalayas for Springboard in March this year. The organisation helps unemployed and disadvantaged young people carve out a career in hospitality, leisure and tourism, and so far Emma has raised more than £2,000 towards her target.

The fun begins at 7.30pm and tickets are £10 on the door, which includes a drink and a buffet. There will be the chance to win some top prizes in the raffle, including GHD hair straighteners All proceeds from the tickets and the raffle will go directly to Springboard.

Emma – who was former assistant manager at the Red Lion in Water End but moved to the Kings Arms over Christmas – said: “When I first heard about the Nepal trek, I thought to myself: ‘Who would be crazy enough to do that?’. But after thinking about it for a little while and it playing on my mind, I realised the answer was, well, me!”

Emma and Oakman Inns chairman Mike Smith will join other trekkers from the hospitality industry on March 1. They they will spend five days journeying across Nepal before spending time at a school in Kathmandu, helping to decorate the classrooms after the building was damaged by an earthquake three years ago.

To donate, visit Emma’s fundraising page here.

For more information on Springboard, visit the charity’s website here.