A SCHOOL prom is set to go ahead this year with a twist after it was organised by three mums.

When Wyvern College sent emails out to parents more than two months ago telling them that this year’s prom had been cancelled, the year 11s were said to be “devastated”.

Many had already purchased their suits and dresses for the event but instead, the secondary school organised a BBQ to say goodbye.

Now though, three mums have organised their own prom at the Hilton hotel at the Ageas Bowl so that the Year 11s don’t miss out.

One of the mums, Elizabeth Hatchard, said that at first they were only expecting around 100 people to attend, but now, with less than a week to go, around 180 pupils are due to go.

Elizabeth added: “We just sent out emails and messages on Facebook to their year group site and we had a massive uptake.

“We couldn’t believe it. We thought we’d get about 100, but it’s been way more.”

The event is due to take place on Monday July 26 and is being funded through a combination of sponsorship from nearby businesses, donations on a GoFundMe page and from tickets that the Year 11s bought to cover venue and food costs.

A DJ will be playing on the night and there is also set to be a photobooth and a sweets cart.

Elizabeth added: “It’s going to be amazing. For them, it means the world. They are so excited because this year they were hardly in school.

“They were told they weren’t doing exams but actually every child did exams. They worked so hard.”

Some pupils said they were unable to attend the event because they could not afford it, but thanks to the amount of money raised through the GoFundMe page, which is currently at £1,715, they are now able to go.

Having sent out the final emails to parents, now the last preparations are happening ahead of the big night, and the three mums say they are now even trying to organise an after-prom party.