On 16th November 2018, we held our annual Charity Fashion Event in aid of Upside Down – our 2018 whole school charity, supporting children with Down Syndrome and their families in the North East. It was a fabulous night involving a fashion show featuring volunteer models from Year 13 alongside trade stands from the local brands taking part in the show. The Year 13 Charity Committee were in charge of the event, from organising the models and the brands, to the food and the drink on the evening. Overall it was a challenging, yet extremely rewarding experience.

As part of managing the event, a selection of Year 13 girls took on the role of brand leaders. This job comprised of contacting various local brands and shops, and asking if they would be willing to donate clothes for the models in the show. The brand leaders were a vital part in the success of the event, maintaining professional and regular communication with brands. We were fortunate to have so many amazing brands in our 2018 Fashion Event, including boutiques such as Bumble Bee, Blush and JulesB, as well as Havetolove, Salisa and many more.

The models worked tirelessly, rehearsing almost every day to ensure the final show ran smoothly on the night. The show kicked off with a fantastic performance from the Year 11 band, Fuse, followed by a speech from one of the volunteers from charity Upside Down, Helen Taylor. There was great atmosphere throughout the show, and it was clear that the audience had just as much fun off-stage as the models had on it! We also enjoyed another impressive performance from Lottie Appleton in the interval, along with the draw of our raffle. This was really popular as it included a range of prizes from a manicure to a gym membership.

Overall, the charity fashion event was an incredible success; we had lots of fun along the way, and managed to raise a remarkable total of £2138.86 for a deserving and worthwhile cause, Upside Down. This demonstrated that everyone’s hard work truly paid off.

Written by Deputy Head Girl, Lucy Baxter.

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