Red carpet rolled out as College hosts event raising thousands of pounds for charity

Edinburgh College rolled out the red carpet and played host to a night of glitz and glamour as a local charity shop raised more than £6,000 for vital cancer research.

More than 200 people attended Cancer Research UK Stockbridge’s annual Fashion Show in the Hub at the College’s Granton Campus last Friday. The event saw 27 models, some of whom have overcome various forms of cancer, donning head turning outfits and taking to the Catwalk to raise funds and awareness for the need for life-saving research.

The event, in its tenth year, raised £6,607 for Stand Up To Cancer – a joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 which has been supported by a host of celebrities including Davina McCall, Edith Bowman, Alan Carr, Joel Dommett and Kirsty Allsopp.

The models strutting their stuff on the Catwalk showcased outfits put together from items of clothing donated to the Stockbridge outlet – covering autumn daytime and casual eveningwear themes.

The finishing touches were added by a team of 46 Edinburgh College Hair & Beauty students who made sure the models’ hair and make-up was perfect, ensuring they were Catwalk-ready.

In addition, NPA Bakery students ensured event-goers didn’t go hungry as they laid on an array of sweet and savoury canapes – all homemade at The Apprentice training restaurant, while two HND Technical Theatre students ensured the lighting and sound was in place – all adding up to a memorable occasion.

Curriculum manager for Hair, Beauty and Complementary Therapies Frances Bain said: “What a pleasure it was to host such a wonderful occasion in The Hub at Granton. It was fantastic to see all of the models look so amazing on the Catwalk. Thanks for Cancer Research UK and Vincent Bell for allowing our students to play such a big part in the event – a brilliant experience for them. Congratulations to everyone involved in raising an amazing amount of money for a very worthy cause.”

Fashion show organiser, Elaine Lennon who works at the Cancer Research UK shop in Stockbridge thanked all the staff and students at Edinburgh College for helping to make the event a success.

Elaine said: “The fashion show was a fantastic night. All the students at Edinburgh College who volunteered their time so willingly expertly contributed to making the fashion show such a professional production. We’re so grateful to the students and to our wonderful volunteer fashion models for leading the charge against cancer by taking to the catwalk. I’d also like to say special thanks to the events team for their patience and ongoing support. The success of the show was also down to an army of behind the scenes helpers as well as the generosity of the audience.”