Style, fashion, glitzs and glamour will be brought to East Lancashire, in a fashion show fit for Paris catwalks.
Lynda Laird is a hospice auxiliary nurse who was inspired to organise this glamorous event after her daughter’s – Poppy and Courtney – modelled at London Fashion week for Mm Milano.
“I was overwhelmed by it.” She said, “I saw how fashion can uplift and empower people and thought it could offer a real comfort to many of our patients.”
Bereaved youths and patients of the hospice will get their chance to model in outfits brought over by Chona Bacaoco, a fashion designer for Mm Milano. Chona, who is friends with Lynda, is flying all the way from Italy with a variety of stunning dresses to be modelled on the catwalk.
With the help of Pendleside Hospice’s arts-coordinator, an original piece will also be designed. This will be showcased at the event and in the Colne, Nelson and Padiham shops.
Various Burnley businesses will be supporting the cause including Jazzman Grooves barbers and Wish Boutique.
“My husband Baron had stage 4 cancer and secondary cancer five years ago and has seen how much the hospice can help cancer patients and their families. He owns Jazzman Grooves in Burnley so will be doing patients’ hair.”
“I think it’s wonderful to have the chance to raise funds for the hospice. All these people I meet in my job every day are inspirational – the staff, the patients and their families – so I’m happy to help organise an event which is all about empowerment and appreciation for everything the hospice does.”