Fashion show to help raise funds

ONLY a few tickets are available for a charity fashion show with a difference is aiming to help raise money for a former Whitley Bay FC player battling motor neurone disease.

Staff at Saks hair salon in Whitley Bay have joined with other traders in the town to organise the event.

The fashion show is taking place at Percy Park Rugby Club, in North Shields, on Monday, July 25, with doors opening at 6.30pm and festivities beginning an hour later.

Saks have been collecting a range of clothes, donated by people in the town, which will be available to buy, while stylists will be doing the hair and make-up of the models.

And there will be a “footballers’ wives” theme, with guests being given the chance to dress glamourously for the night.

Margaret Cassidy, of the salon in Park View shopping centre, said: “This is a fashion show with a difference. There will also be raffles, games to enter, a chance to buy the clothes on show, and a disco at the end.

“The clothes have been donated by people who are coming to the event and local residents. It’s kind of like a fashion show for the recession, we don’t want people spending a lot of money on the clothes.

“Other shops on Park View have been fantastic, we have so many prizes that have been donated.

“It’s unbelievable, the local community has pulled together; it’s great.”

The fashion show is supporting both MND Research and the Mark Taylor Fund, which was set up after former Whitley Bay defender Mark Taylor was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last January.

Margaret said that by the end of the year, the salon was aiming to raise £5,000 to be split between the two charities – and hoped to pass the £3,000 mark at the end of the fashion show.

And she is also hoping to continue the fundraising efforts for the next five years if it is successful.

Tickets for the event cost £10, although only ten remain.

Anyone who wants to purchase any tickets should pop into the Saks salon on Park View.

Margaret also hit out at rumours in the town that the salon was closing, saying they were in the process of rebranding and expanding their premises.

She said they were creating a more tranquil area for treatments while were looking to employ a new stylist.

“We don’t want our clients worrying, thinking we’re closing down when we are having a little bit of an expansion,” said Margaret.