Limousine ride for perfect prom for Brakenhale pupils
Published: 7 Jul 2013 16:300 comments
Generous Robert Westgarth, from Priestwood, contacted the News on Friday to offer the car to any pupils heading to the Brakenhale School prom that night.
Later, Chloe Bolton, 16, Simone Holding, 15, and Abby Dearing, 15 - were stunned when the car arrived to pick them up from Chloe's home in Martin's Heron.
Chloe said: "It was a bit of a shock to get a phone call saying you could get a ride in a pink limousine.
"It was exciting to go to prom in it. Until it was on the drive it was like it wasn't real and then it was there. When we got to the prom everyone was staring and taking pictures.
"It was nice to be with friends rather than by myself. Rob was nice and because my friends parents weren't there when we arrived he drove round a bit and then back so they could see us.
"I was very grateful - he was great. It was a really nice evening and it was just amazing."
Mr Westgarth bought the car when he was unable to book a limousine for his wife's birthday earlier this year. He had a cancellation on Friday and then contacted the News to see if he could help out any youngsters who wanted to dazzle at the prom, at the White House Englemere, in Ascot.
He said: "It was a nice feeling to be able to do it and to make their evening. You only really have one prom so it's the sort of thing that's once in a lifetime and hopefully they'll never forget it.
"There's not enough community spirit in the world -people are too wrapped up in themselves and don't do things unless there's some sort of gain."
Tracey Gosling, family support worker at the school, said: "The girls were over the moon. It was a lovely way for them to end the school year and it was absolutely brilliant."