Annual Leamington fashion show to raise cash for assistance dogs. - The Leamington Observer

Annual Leamington fashion show to raise cash for assistance dogs.

ASSISTANCE dogs will be among the beneficiaries of an annual charity fashion show at Leamington’s Spa Centre.

Showcasing clothes and sportswear from national retail chains and local independent shops, the Bodies and Co charity fashion show has raised more than £500,000 over the years and is on track to beat last year’s total of £14,000, with high demand for tickets for both nights – Thursday and Friday April 11 and 12.

Three causes are set to benefit – Warwick Hospital, the local branch of Samaritans and Dogs for Good, which was founded by Frances Hay in Kenilworth in 1986 to help people live happier, healthier and more independent lives.

Some 100 volunteers – models, choreographers, dressers, stage hands and front of house staff – will bring the catwalk to life after nine weekends of rehearsals.

Almost 50 models aged between two and 80 will strut the catwalk under the direction of Jenni Fuller, who founded the show in the 1980s.

Audiences will also be entertained with song, dance and drama.

Jenni said: “There will be something for everyone, from toddlers to teenagers and men and women in sizes from eight to 18.”

“We all enjoy what we are doing and every penny – after overheads – goes to charity because everyone gives their time for free. In fact, the models even lose money as they have to pay for their own hairstyling, clothes, spray tan, tights and nails.

“Last year we gave £14,000 to Cancer Research UK, Baby Lifeline and Samaritans and we hope to top that this year with the help of the public. I must thank all those who make this possible – our army of volunteers, the retail shops who provide the fashions, our sponsors, all those local businesses who advertise in the programme and all those who give us such fabulous raffle prizes.”

Tickets are £16 and are available from Jenni Fuller on 0787 346 0185 or [email protected]

Doors open at 7pm and the show runs from 7.30 pm to 10pm.

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