16 May Model mums hit the catwalk
SUNSHINE Fund mothers will join Miss Newcastle finalists on the catwalk to add a touch of glamour to a charity fashion show.
A glitzy night is being hosted at popular restaurant-bar Babucho on Newcastle Quayside where fashionistas and foodies will indulge their tastes – all in a good cause.
The lunchtime event in May is being organised by Gordon Brown Law Firm for the third time following the success of previous years which raised more than £12,000 for Sunshine Fund.
And this time around hopes are just as high as mums of some of the disabled children helped by The Chronicle’s charity do their bit to showcase the latest summer fashions.
Among them will be Rachel Kaczmar whose son Max has benefitted from specialist equipment.
The grateful mam now helps raise money herself for the fund including signing up to its annual Go Bananas appeal.
“I’m excited and proud to be supporting the Sunshine Fund this summer by getting involved with fundraising events,” she said.
“It means a lot to be able to give back and help in any way I can.
“By raising money for Go Bananas this June, it means more local children like Max will get the equipment they need.”
Another mother who will be modelling in the show is Debbie Clelland who said she is “delighted” to be involved.
“It’s nice to give something back to the Sunshine Fund,” she said.
She too will be supporting Go Bananas this summer. Her daughter Abbie is set to be among the children to benefit from the appeal, thanks to plans to buy a hydrotherapy pool to help her with mobility.
Both of them, she said, are very excited. “This equipment will make a huge difference to the family as a whole,” she said.
Also strutting their stuff on the catwalk will be finalists of Miss Newcastle and clothes on display will come courtesy of intu Eldon Square and intu Metrocentre – long-term supporters of the charity – which will be offering guests an exclusive preview of the summer 2016 fashion trends.
And the main colour theme will be yellow, to tie in with the Go Bananas theme colour and upcoming “wear yellow” day on June 17, said intu Metrocentre’s marketing co-ordinator Tori Malloy.
She said: “We are delighted to be supporting the fashion show for the third year running.
“Yellow will be the key colour fix in the show to encourage everyone to go yellow for the Sunshine Fund this June.
“It was lovely to meet Rachel and Debbie who will be taking part in the show. I’m thrilled that the money raised will be supporting Rachel’s son Max and Debbie’s daughter Abbie.
“I know they will be amazing models on the day.”
The show will take place from noon on May 26 and the event will include a glass of prosecco on arrival and a two-course lunch. Tickets cost £30 and there will also be a fundraising raffle.
Wendy Peffers, marketing manager at Gordon Brown, said the company has been “thrilled” by the success of its charity fashion shows and lunches since their launch in support of the Go Bananas campaign.
“So we look forward to bringing this popular event back again this year,” she said.
It’s being organised, in collaboration with the venue and shopping centres, by the law firm’s business development manager Amy Whyte who is also planning to take part in the charity’s Grand Canyon trek in October.
“Hopefully we’ll top last year’s total and raise even more money for this great cause,” added Wendy.
Clare Savory, head of fundraising at the Sunshine Fund, thanked the event’s organiser Gordon Brown Law Firm and supporter intu.
She said of the show: “It is always high up on the social calendar and is always a sell-out.”
Those interested in attending should email firstname.lastname@example.org.