Second-hand fashion on show in Bishop's Stortford for Isabel Hospice fundraiser
A fashion show of pre-loved clothes from Friends Dress Agency and the Isabel Hospice shop in Bishop's Stortford raised more than £3,000 for the hospice, the chosen charity of mayor Cllr Norma Symonds.
She had asked organisers and volunteers to stage an event and so, with environmental issues top of the agenda, they decided on an evening to showcase sustainable outfits.
Among those modelling at the January 17 event were the family of Peter Bradbrook, who was nursed by the hospice and whose wife, Suzanne, is now on its volunteer team. Her 12-year-old grandson, William, was the youngest model on the night while her daughter and son, Natalie and James, and her other daughter Emma's partner, Tamara, also took part.
Victoria Lee, owner of Friends Dress Agency in North Street, volunteered to supply all the clothes and organise the models along with Jill Vail, joint-manager of the hospice shop in Bridge Street. Both had pop-up shops for the evening.
Bishop's Stortford hairdressers Heads You Win, Ripsher & Co and Marshalls offered to do hair, while the models' make-up was courtesy of Sukha and Lottie Locks. Stylist Josie Stephenson @Not Just A Dress gave advice, and professional speaker, author and owner of the English Tea Company, Jane Malyon, ensured everything ran smoothly as the evening's compère .
Main sponsors were Cafe Mocha in Devoils Lane and Sainsbury's in Jackson Square.
Raffle prizes donated by businesses in the town included vouchers from Alexandra Wood and Cote, hair, beauty and therapy tokens, champagne and chocolates.
Renee Friend, chair of the hospice's Bishop's Stortford fundraising group, said: "Everyone willingly gave their precious time to support Isabel Hospice.
"Thanks to 130 generous guests, the money raised could support patients and their families at our Living Well day service at Barnabas Centre, Thorley, or 50 visits by our Isabel clinical nurse specialist 'hospice at home' team to patients in their own homes and nursing homes.
"My plea for more local volunteers was also successful, so thank you to those who spoke to me about volunteering."
Last year, 1,855 patients and families were supported by the charity across East Herts, of which 197 were in Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and surrounding areas.