A night of glamour for SAFE@LAST

A FASHION showcase hailed as “a very special, edgy, second hand fashion shop” provided the centrepiece for a night of charity couture at Rotherham's New York stadium.

The Millers new home was the backdrop for the latest Charity Chicks catwalk show for runaways charity SAFE@LAST, which saw models showing off glamorous garments later put on sale as high-class bargain buys.

It was part of the Be Gorgeous event, which was postponed last month due to unseasonal snow, finally swung into action on Sunday and welcomed 250 guests with Buck’s Fizz, sandwiches and sweet treats.

Compered by magician David “Magic” Mitchell, the busy night included a boutique fashion show featuring creations from Wickersley’s Carol Ann and spring style tips from Amy Bartle, former fashion editor of Red and Cosmopolitan.

The Charity Chicks fashion show saw models including former Miss South Yorkshire winners Jamie Lee Faulkner and Olivia Cunliffe, strutting their stuff down the catwalk, showcasing the stock available to buy after the show.

Hilary Massarella, SAFE@LAST founder-trustee, said: “Charity Chicks started four years ago — it’s a very special, edgy, second hand fashion shop.

“A hundred per cent of the proceeds every bargain purchased from Charity Chicks goes directly to charity.

"We’ve already raised more than £50,000 in the last four years alone, so I’d like to thank all of you for your support - shoppers, volunteers and event organisers.”

Hilary said she also wanted to thanks fellow trustee and event organiser Christine Ayres.

The evening continued with a style workshop from The House of Colour, a charity auction and entertainment from Nicola Scally and Ian Moorhouse, while tucking into homemade cakes from SAFE@LAST volunteer Dianne Crouche.

Christine Ayres said: “I am really pleased that we raised around £4,000 for SAFE@LAST.

"I was blown away with the generosity of the guests who gave to such a deserving charity, who desperately need the funds.

"Thank you to all involved, including the Rotherham Advertiser for their invaluable support.

"I have already received some very positive feedback from those who attended, and we would love to bring the event back to Rotherham again next year — making it even bigger and better.”