A fashion show organised by an Ashville College sixth former, and supported by local businesses, has raised just under £2,000 to help upgrade an African orphanage.
The Models For Malawi fashion show was the brainchild of Jess Frieze, who is travelling to Malawi this summer with a number of classmates, to undertake voluntary work at the Open Arms charity.
The charity, which was started by former Ashville teacher Neville Bevis and his wife Rosemary more than 20 years ago, runs two orphanages in the townships of Blantyre and Mangochi.
Held in the Soothill Hall and watched by an audience of 200, the young models – all from the Upper Sixth – showcased latest styles from the People Tree’s summer collection, which have been designed by Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, vintage clothing by Harrogate boutique Catherine Smith Vintage, on Cold Bath Road, and bespoke clothing from Eliza Wyke Couture of Harrogate.
The evening also featured a number of stalls to purchase goods from The Body Shop, Traidcraft, Catherine Smith, Eliza Wyke Libby Jubb handmade jewellery and By Betty bespoke headwear.
Jess said: “I would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who helped make this the success it was. I could not have been happier.
“Whilst it has been a lot of hard work and at times rather nerve wracking, I have had tremendous support from so many people.
“The outfits from Eliza and Catherine had all been tailor made for the models, and they looked fantastic.”
Head of sixth form Vicki Rumsey said: “Jess should be incredibly proud of her achievements. She managed to get support from so many different people, and this has resulted in the evening raising just short of £2,000.
“It was a supremely professional performance and I’m delighted for her that it went so well.”