THOUGHTFUL: Models take to the catwalk for the In Memory Of Our Angels  charity fashion show, in aid of Cancer Research UK, at Scartho Community Library.  Models for the event pictured with Sophie Dannatt, front centre, organiser, Helen Robinson, second right, and Lynne Smith, right, older person service co-ordinator for Foresight. Models pictured are, from left,  Trudi Douglass, Sue Smith, Sue Wesley, Shell Soar, Margaret Duncan and Annalise Ellis. (Photo:long formal dresses)

A TOUCH of spring was in the air at Scartho library with a charity fashion show.

Held last Friday, it raised £510 and was jointly organised by fundraiser Sophie Dannatt and her cousin Helen Robinson – the owner of Butterflies gift shop on Louth Road.

Tickets sold for the event gave guests refreshments and entry into a grand hamper draw.

The models, who wore spring-themed clothing supplied by Butterflies, volunteered their time willingly for the cause. Those attending were able to purchase items too.

Support was also given by local businesses, who generously supplied raffle prizes and put up posters to advertise the event.

Helen said: "We've done the fashion show because of the campaign that Sophie started.

"We also did it for funding for the upkeep of the Scartho library – so we are sharing the proceeds.

"Sophie was 10 when she lost her mum Pam in 2002 and very recently lost her mum's sister Maureen Codd, (at the end of 2016).

"So she started the campaign of fundraising events for Cancer Research in their memory.

"We have all been touched by cancer at some point, either personally or through somebody we know."

Around 100 supporters turned out to support Friday's event – admiring and applauding the models.

Helen's friend Sue Wesley got the show underway with a fun Eighties-style outfit of black tutu and fluorescent green leg warmers and neon pink fingerless gloves.

Library volunteers served refreshments at the interlude and were supported by staff from Butterflies and relatives of the owner, with Tom and Lloyd Ellis as doormen.

Helen said: "We are over the moon with the response. We sold all the tickets within a week. We are delighted and hope to have another one later in the year."

"It has given us a chance to show off the spring fashions. There are lots of spring colours such as coral, pink, lemon and floral colours and everything is sleeves this year."

Helen thanked all the Scartho businesses which donated goods for the raffle and Brown's butchers for supplying the sausage rolls.

There were many hair and beauty salon vouchers and Kenwick park donated a voucher for the spa and a garage donated a free MOT.

Cats Whiskers beauty salon on St Peter's Avenue, Cleethorpes, donated a facial treatment.

Sophie, 25, set up a charity in memory of her aunt Maureen and her mum Pam and called the event In Memory Of Our Angels.

She said: "We are really pleased by how many people have supported us. I have become a quick changer, jumping from light denim outfits into blouses and floral dresses quickly. I normally do singing but this is more daunting. I have had more confidence in the second half."

Older persons service co-ordinator for Foresight, Lynne Smith had a team of helpers, including Jason Porter and Tom Furneaux in the library kitchens – aiding refreshments.

She said: "I am delighted, it has been a fantastic event. We have had a fashion show before by the Edinburgh Woollen Mill. This has proved to be unique and marvellous.

"It shows people that we're here, making people aware of the library and that it is not just a place for books.

"It's about showing off our facilities and bringing people together. That's what we are all about."

In charge of the raffle were Audrey Parkinson and Barbara Fisher. The models were: Sophie Dannatt, Annalise Ellis, Sue Wesley, Margaret Duncan, Shell Soar and Sue Smith.

Among the large audience of supporters were Christine Forman and Barbara Berrington.

Christine said: "We have enjoyed the evening very much. It has been informal and we have had a laugh and a joke.

"I support the Scartho library as part of the community."

Barbara said: "It's been a wonderful evening and all the more as it is for a good cause."

Helen thanked her manageress Trudi Douglass for assisting in making the evening a success adding: "It was a real community effort – it's fantastic!"Read more at:bridesmaid dresses