Crossways and Charleston: Charity Fashion Show Raises Over £2,000 For Good Causes
On Friday 7th November, weeks of effort from two of Bede's girls' houses, Crossways and Charleston, culminated in an evening of glitz and glamour at Upper Dicker - the final event in Crossways' House Charity Week.
The third annual Charity Fashion Show saw pupils raising money for two local charities - Blind Veterans UK and St Wilfrid's Hospice. To do this, enterprising pupils baked cookies, held a raffle and modelled clothing from local boutiques Millie's and TomOli & Will.
In an extra twist for this year, pupils also wore a "Vintage Collection" featuring clothes donated by staff, students and parents.
"The Crossways Fashion Show 2014 was my first fashion show," said new Crossways girl Emily, "and what an introduction! It was an epic event and has provided me with many memories I will treasure."
Over 200 local residents, governors, parents and students from across Sussex attended the event, alongside representatives from the charities.
"We are passionate in our support of Blind Veterans UK and St Wilfrid's Hospice and we wanted to raise as much money as we possibly could to help," said fellow boarder Renata.
"We are very proud of what we accomplished."
"The models who took part all looked magnificent," said Natalie, another Crossways girl, who added, "there were plenty of surprises throughout the evening - including the moment when Reverend Buckler realised that he had won the iPhone 5S in the raffle. Nobody was sure whether this news pleased him or not!"
The Crossways House Small Choir also performed during the evening.
Crossways Housemistress Janicen Lambeth said, "This year's Fashion Show was a wonderful event, raising unprecedented amounts of money for Blind Veterans UK and St Wilfrid's Hospice."
"We are delighted to be working with two such wonderful organisations; many of our girls have volunteered at their centres, and to be actively involved in the fundraising process helps show the many ways we can all do something extra to help and support charities."
All in all, the Crossways and Charleston Fashion Show was a roaring success, raising over £2,000.
"The girls of Crossways and Charleston hope that everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed the evening," said Crossways girl Imogen Lock.
"We would also like to thank everyone involved in the event, whatever their role. The funds we raised for such an excellent cause will go a great distance to help those Blind Veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country and our fellow Sussex residents so desperately in need via the incredible work of St Wilfrid's Hospice."