King’s Sixth Formers put on the style to raise a stunning £13,500 for The Christie appeal to build a new centre in Macclesfield.
Over the last 15 years, the fashionistas from the Macclesfield school have raised over £100,000 with the annual runway event that they plan, choreograph and execute themselves.
They have even earned the school a place on The Christie’s major donors’ honours board.
Now The Christie is building a new state of art cancer care centre in the town, King’s is stepping up its efforts even further and this was by some distance their best ever year.
The Christie’s Community Fundraising Development Manager, Nichola Doran said: “We were delighted to be supported by the King’s School Sixth Form fashion show. More than 1,500 existing patients will benefit from world class cancer care close to their home when The Christie at Macclesfield opens. Construction work will start in May 2020 and we are aiming to be operational by Autumn 2021.”
This year the theme of the Fashion Show was ‘End of an Era’ with fashion from the ’60s through to the naughties modelled by the students. Organiser Imogen Collinson, in Year 13, said: “A massive vote of thanks goes to the brilliant BooHoo, Pretty Little Thing, London Persona and Nasty Gal for lending us all the clothes for the evening and to parents for donating so many fantastic raffle prizes. This year’s event was particularly large, with an even bigger fundraising target, to mark the school’s end of an era on our current sites.”
The event played to a sell-out audience of over 250 family and friends in the Main Hall at Cumberland Street.
Fellow organiser, Olivia Holder, concluded: “We ended the night with the long-standing dance-off between the girls and the boys. The girls flaunted their stuff to Fergie and Beyoncé while promoting a message of female empowerment, while the boys, after numerous occasions of reprimanding, took part in some ‘Dirty Dancing’. The event was a huge success and really brought the entire Sixth Form together, as all the sweat, tears and fake tan involved in raising money for such a great cause helped us bond together and make lasting memories.”