Local models hoping to raise £2,000 for charity

Charity fashion show held at Paxton House
Charity fashion show held at Paxton House

MODELs of all ages strutted their stuff for charity last week when the Paxton House’s Picture Gallery was transformed into a catwalk in aid of Action Medical Research.

The event was organised jointly by the local branch of the charity, which is celebrating its 60th birthday this year and the staff of Berwick bridal boutique Bella B.

A crowd of around 150 gathered in the Gallery for the fundraiser and were treated to a glass of wine before the show and a slap up meal afterwards.

As branch chair person, Belford’s Ros Reay was the woman at the helm of proceedings and said although organising a fashion show was a very different challenge it was one she very much enjoyed.

“We’re always looking at new ways to raise money and awareness for Action Medical Research and I thought a fashion show would appeal to a lot of women and some men,” she explained.

“We’ve done lunches; bridge drives and coffee mornings in the past but I’d say the fashion show was the most ambitious thing we’ve done to date. It was also the first time we’ve used Paxton House for an event and we couldn’t have asked for a better venue.

Although she said it was still too early to calculate the final amount raised by the fashion show, Ros predicted it would be in the region of £2,000 and added she hoped although going into a national Action Medical Research pot, some of the money could be used locally.

Someone else thrilled by the success of last Thursday’s fashion show is Tracey Johnson of Bella B, who was approached by Action Medical Research at the end of last year to see if she’d be interested in joining forces with them for the event.

“We were asked if we wanted to do it in November and having had experience of doing a number of similar shows in the past we were really keen to get involved.

“Action Medical Research came to us with a few ideas on how they wanted the event to be but then left it up to us.

“We had an idea of what type of people would be going along to the event so we based what outfits we would put on the catwalk on that. We do a lot of wedding fayres but it would have been pointless having loads of models dressed in bridal gowns if it didn’t match the audience.

“We did have some mother of the bride outfits but we focused more on occasion wear- things to wear for a day at the races, family functions etc. I was really impressed with Action Medical Research considering they’d never organised a fashion show before and Paxton House- we were made to feel very welcome.

The models who took to the catwalk were: Lynn-Marie Fital, Amy Orr, Hazel Bettison, Jean Rae, Jackie Whitsom and Hannah Bloxham.

Paxton House’s director, Claire McDade, added: “The charity fashion show was a superb event for all concerned. We were delighted to support such a good cause and to play a full role in our local community. The Picture Gallery was buzzing on Thursday night with Bella B’s models presenting their beautiful outfits on the catwalk. The audience loved every minute of the show, as well as the lovely supper served afterwards.

“The Picture Gallery is such a stunning and versatile venue, lending itself perfectly to a fashion show, a banquet, a wedding or a musical performance.

“We are focusing on costume and fashion at Paxton this year, so it was great to start things off with such a successful fashion show.

“We hope to see lots of the ladies back again on March 18 to celebrate Mother’s Day with us.”

Paxton House’s Mothers Day celebrations mark a busy opening weekend of their new season. Starting things in style next Saturday, which just so happens to be St Patrick’s Day, the House will play host to music act The Tinkers and there will also be themed face painting available.

On Mother’s Day itself, Paxton House is offering a pamper package which includes lunch, a glass of bubbly, massage, manicure or hair and beauty make over for £35. This must be booked in advance.