Bungay fashion show raises funds for hospice

A hugely successful, fashion show was held at St Elizabeth Hospice’s shop in Bungay on Friday 4 December raising hundreds of pounds for the local charity.

Julie Roberts, manager of Bungay’s shop, spent many weeks preparing for the evening. Two local dress agencies, ‘The Black Dog’ in Bungay and ‘Cloves’ of Beccles regularly support the St Elizabeth Hospice shop by donating clothing to sell on, so Julie saved a selection of these items during the run-up to the show to sell on the night, including designer labels, one of which being a Gucci dress.

She said: “People were amazing; so many were willing to help.

“Debbie, a customer whom I had not seen for a long time and who used to be a window dresser for Selfridges, offered to come and help get our models ready.”

The fashion show raised impressive £549 for the hospice which improves life for people living with a progressive illness providing a range of services across East Suffolk. 

This total made from the event is due in no small way to Barclays Bank in Bungay, who pledged to double what was made on the night. A variety of other local businesses, including a hairdressers, butchers, fishmongers and the Co-op, provided raffle prizes and Tescos in Beccles donated the food for the evening.

Julie enthused: “It all went so smoothly that I am planning another fashion show for the summer. It will be good to open up our small shop and use some outdoor space too. 

“The whole evening was very entertaining; everyone really enjoyed it and of course, we raised essential money for an important local charity.”

The shop is in St Mary’s street, Bungay and is open from 9.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Saturday. Donations of good quality items are always welcome. 

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