A charity shop sold a student's GCSE coursework after mistaking her Minnie Mouse dress on display at an art's festival for a donation piece.
Grace McCallum’s creation was chosen to go on display at the Didsbury Village Cancer Research store as part of the Didsbury Arts Festival.
But an unfortunate mix-up meant her coursework was sold for a fiver to a customer who admired her handiwork.
Desperate to find the dress - which counts for 60 per cent of her product design GCSE - Grace has put out an appeal, reports the Manchester Evening News .
The Barlow RC high school pupil’s Facebook post has been shared thousands of times, including by comedian Jason Manford.
The Year 11 pupil will today find out if examiners had the chance to mark her work before it was lost.
Her mum Clair said her daughter has been overwhelmed by offers of help.
She said: “The phone has been going mad with it the last few days.
“Lots of people have shared it, nearly 3,000 people and that’s just on my Facebook page alone. We even had a message from a lady in Australia about it. People have been saying Grace should get an A*.
“It’s bonkers to think how many people have shared it so I’m really hoping the person who has the dress will see it. We just want it back.
“The charity shop did offer to give us the money but it’s not about that. We just need the dress back.”
Mum-of-four Clair added that Grace had initially been delighted when her dress was one of the outfits chosen by a school governor to go on display in charity shops for the Didsbury Arts Festival.
She added: “I do like the idea that someone thought it was so good that they wanted to buy the dress. It’s just unfortunate that the person who sold it didn’t realise it was part of the school display.”
Grace made the special black and red polka-dot dress as part of a product design project to create a children’s dressing up outfit, and is a unique design.
The distinctive garment has a bow on the neckline and gloves with Minnie and Mickey Mouse featured on the pockets, with a ra-ra lining in the skirt.
The shop was just one of those in Didbsury asked to display local artwork as part of the festival.
Cancer Research bosses have apologised for the mistake and say they are urging their customers to spread the word to track the dress down.
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