Fashion Show raises £6,000

The sixth annual Ladies Lunch and Fashion Show raised more than £6,000 in support of our hospice at Cobham’s Hilton Hotel on Monday 13 March. The final total raised will be enhanced by generous match funding from Barclays Bank.

The event featured outfits taken from the high street and our retail shops, which were modelled after the lunch by male and female models  – aged 16-80 – including members of the Rock Choir, who had also entertained guests before the meal.

Co-organiser Pam Ling said, ‘We are happy to have raised so much while enjoying a lovely event and we are very grateful to the local businesses who have supported us. The Hilton Hotel, the fabulous staff in Personal Shopping at John Lewis in Kingston, Swoon Bridal in Oatlands, Clarins, The Riverside Barn and the New Victoria Theatre, all of whom gave us wonderful donations and help on the day.  We also had impromptu modelling support from Tom, who works at the Hilton Hotel, and when one of our models fell ill one of our guests stepped into a beautiful bridal dress, had her hair and make-up by some of the girls from Union Hairdressers and stepped onto the catwalk to be a gorgeous bride as part of the show.’

Once again no-one managed to guess completely correctly which outfits came from John Lewis and Swoon Bridal, and which were taken from the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices’ own retail shops. The closest guess was still four outfits away from a perfect score, so the challenge remains for future fashion shows. The ‘best guess’ won theatre tickets courtesy of the New Victoria Theatre.

Pam and her friend Margaret Watford set up the event after two of Pam’s friends and Margaret’s husband passed away in the care of Sam Beare Hospice. They wanted to fundraise by doing something a little different and the lunch and fashion show event was created. Last year the event raised £7,500 (including match funding) towards our work providing palliative care to more than 1,400 people each year, in both the hospice setting and in the community, and providing on-going support to relatives. Funds raised will also support our new 20-bedroom state-of-the-art hospice in Goldworth Park, Woking, due to open in the Spring.

Find out more about our other fundraising events and challenges here. Find out more about our new hospice here.


Image courtesy of Darren Pepe and Get Surrey.