Mie-Style fashion show at Skew has breast cancer patients at heart
A fashion show at a Bishop's Stortford restaurant raised £7,000 for breast cancer patients.
Held at Turkish eatery Skew in Adderley Road, the 96 women who attended enjoyed a three-course lunch, Prosecco and a live show in which five models showcased the summer collection of Stortford clothes shop Mie Style.
The event was organised by Tracey Calvert, of Hallingbury Road, who owns the Riverside Walk boutique, and her friend of 30 years, Jacqui Clarke-Williams, who lives in Matching Green.
The money raised will go to the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust Charitable Fund to support clinical trials carried out by the breast unit at St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping, which diagnoses about 350 new breast cancer patients a year, including women from the Stortford area.
The unit’s clinical lead for breast surgery is Ashraf Patel. “We’ve been supporting Ashraf’s charity for about ten years,” Tracey said. “We’ve had a few friends who’ve had breast cancer, but they recovered. We’re just helping ordinary women.”
The Skew fashion show featured an auction and a raffle of prizes donated by local businesses, and 10% of the proceeds of all Mie Style clothing sold was donated to the cause.
Tracey and Jacqui are embarking on a fundraising trip to Peru in September to hike the legendary Inca trail, ending at the spectacular ancient citadel, Machu Picchu, set high among the Andes mountains.
The duo will be in a team of 19 trekkers, including Mr Patel and Tracey’s daughter, Beattie, 22, and her friend Amber Oakley. Beattie and Amber raised £4,000 with a curry night at Stortford Indian restaurant Zara.
Each member of the Inca Trail trekking team needs to raise at least £5,000 for the charity.