IT’S time to get your glad rags on and help raise money for fantastic causes.

A charity spring ball is set to return for a second year after proving a huge hit at its inaugural event.

Bridport’s own Shelby’s Elbows will headline the ball, which will also see caricatures from artist Petra Hughes, photography from Paul Brewer and entertainment from magician Chris Howat.

Organised by Michelle Holmes-Good and Helen Browne, the event, to be held at Freshwater Club House, is in aid of Weldmar and the British Heart Foundation.

Michelle said: “We came up with the idea one night after talking about how neither of us ever had a Year 11 prom. We decided to organise a spring ball and it came together very well. We were chuffed with it. We hope it’ll get bigger and better every year.

“Every penny can make difference and if you can do something to help, even just a little, that’s good enough for me.”

The chosen charities are close to the organisers’ hearts.

Helen said: “Weldmar looked after my husband after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. They also helped me - I have nothing but admiration for them.

“I think everyone has experience with Weldmar - they help so many families. They need to raise a lot of money themselves and if events like ours don’t happen, how will they get it? We want to do out bit.”

Michelle added: “My mum had a heart attack at the age of 38 and I’ve always wanted to do something in memory of mum. Weldmar has also helped relatives of mine – I think everyone has a story about Weldmar.”

The spring ball promises to be a fun-filled evening and an excuse to get dressed up, the two friends say.

“Everyone is welcome to come along and party the night away,” said Helen. “You’ll be raising money, and awareness, for two amazing charities.”

Michelle added: “It’s a fun night out. Last year, everyone really enjoyed themselves and some went all out with their dresses, which was brilliant. But you don’t have to go over the top; it’s just a chance to get dressed up and have a good time. “

The charity spring ball will take place at Freshwater on March 16.

Tickets cost £20, which also includes a one-course meal, raffle and entertainment.

Tickets for the event, which kicks off at 7.30pm and will finish late, are available from Michelle on 07983712156 or Helen on 07762374838.