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Actress wows at our first fashion celebration

TV star Anita Dobson strutted her stuff at the prestigious Windsor Guildhall last Thursday night (9 June 2016) to make our very first fashion show a stunning success.

The sell-out Celebration of Fashion event saw staff and volunteers donning our most unique donations to raise funds for and awareness of Thames Hospice and our 15 shops across the Thames Valley.

Ticket holders were treated to a walk down memory lane, with models unveiling iconic looks from the 40s through to today’s fashion favourites. After the show, guests had the chance to buy outfits off the catwalk and from a pop-up shop filled with one-of-a-kind items. In the weeks leading up to the show, the Thames Hospice Retail Team choreographed moves to songs from Adam Ant’s Prince Charming, to The Pussycat Dolls Jai Ho and an Abba tribute which had everyone up off their seats.

Debbie Raven, Thames Hospice’s Chief Executive, said: “Our first fashion show was a huge success and everyone had a really great time. As well as being a tremendous event, raising awareness of our shops across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, people shopped and donated on the night which was fantastic.

“Our shops generate 32% of the £7m we need every year to provide vital end-of-life care, free of charge, 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year, to our patients and their families. We are eternally grateful to the customers who shop with us and donate to us.”

With live music from Chemistry Duo, a raffle with prizes including a spa trip and Windsor racecourse tickets, as well as Estée Lauder doing mini-makeovers, refreshments and a hosted bar, the night has so far raised more than £2,000 for Thames Hospice.

All attendees received a goodie bag and free refreshments, including canapes and wine from Waitrose and a free cocktail bar sponsored by The British Virgin Islands. Special guests also included the Mayor of Marlow, Councillor Bob Johnson, and outgoing RBWM Mayor, Councillor Eileen Quick, who donated the use of the Guildhall as part of her support for Thames Hospice during her term as Mayor.

You can view all of the event photos, here.

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