THE Park View shopping centre in Whitley Bay is set to play host to a special fashion show in June to raise money for two local charities.
The event, which takes place on June 7, has been designed to raise money for the Mark Taylor fund - the former Whitley Bay player diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease - and the Tiny Lives charity.
And the search is on for a male and female models in Whitley Bay to take part in the event and judges will pick out a winner on the day.
The winner will receive a one year modelling contract and professional photo shoot from local model agency Tyne Tees Models, as well as a DFDS mini cruise to Amsterdam courtesy of Hays Travel in the shopping centre.
Young men and women over 18 need to send in a photo in the first instance, before entries will be whittled down to 20 hopefuls, who will be invited to participate in a fashion show in the shopping centre on the afternoon of Thursday June 7.
There will be two changes of outfit from the new ranges at Peacocks; hair will be styled by Saks and make-up by Boots, all retailers at the shopping centre.
The event came about as two retailers wanted to organise something to raise money for charities close to their heart.
Margaret Cassidy, owner manager at Saks, is a supporter of the Mark Taylor Appeal. Mark is well known locally as a key member of the Whitley Bay FC team, and played a key part in their 2009 Wembley victory in the FA Carlsberg vase, before being diagnosed with motor neurone disease a few months later.
Margaret said: “We know the family, and have organised lots of events to raise money for Mark’s appeal, and the modelsearch event should raise awareness as well as funds for this cause.”
Danielle Williams’ charity is Tiny Lives at the RVI, who helped her in the past when she lost her baby girl soon after birth.
Danielle, who previously raised funds by doing the Coast to Coast Bike Ride, said: “We keep coming up with new ways to raise funds, and this is one of the best.
“All the retailers in the centre have joined forces with us, and are donating prizes for a huge tombola. We’ll have lots of ways to raise money, and know that the generosity of the shoppers in Whitley Bay will help us raise a good sum, whilst they enjoy the fashion show and modelsearch.”
Tyne Tees Models boss Lesley Middlemiss Lister will be the head judge of three on the day, and will judge the models on poise, appearance and star potential.
She said: “We’ve always been impressed with the quality of models we get in the Whitley Bay area, so it will be wonderful if we can find someone with the looks and talent to go further. I’m looking forward to it, and am delighted that it’s in aid of such worthy causes.”
If anyone is interested in taking part, entry forms are available at retailers in Park View Shopping Centre and at North Tyneside Council offices, and can also be downloaded from the website www.parkviewshoppingcentre.co.uk.
Completed forms and photos should be delivered to the security office on the top floor of the shopping centre, or sent to “modelsearch” Competition, Management Office, Park View Shopping Centre, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 1DG. Entries close on Friday May 25 and finalists are required to pay £5 on the day which will be donated to the charities.
To see NewsGuardianTV’s interview with Danielle, ahead of the fashion show, just click on the video above...