Waterlooville church hall turns into catwalk for mothers’ fashion show

The Mothers Union charity fashion show at St George's Church Hall in Waterlooville to raise money for 'Away From It All Holidays'. Pictured is Samantha Dickenson   Picture: Paul Jacobs (123243-5)

The Mothers Union charity fashion show at St George's Church Hall in Waterlooville to raise money for 'Away From It All Holidays'. Pictured is Samantha Dickenson Picture: Paul Jacobs (123243-5)

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THE world of fashion came to a church hall as women of all ages strutted their stuff on the catwalk.

St George’s Church Hall, in Waterlooville, was transformed for the event by Mother’s Union.

The stage was decorated with roses and ferns, thanks to a donation from Rumsey Gardens in Clanfield.

The models walked with confidence and style to pop tunes.

Jennifer Higginbottom, leader of the Waterlooville branch of Mother’s Union, said it was a roaring success.

The 78-year-old, of Armstrong Close, Waterlooville, said: ‘It was the first fashion show we have had at the church and it was fantastic – it really was.

‘We had five models from branches of Mother’s Union in the deanery. They did a great job.

‘We had about 75 people in the audience.

The clothes were lovely – beautiful trousers, coats and blouses.’

All the clothes were provided by Elaine Gray, from Surrey, who runs Travelling Trends.

After the show, all the clothes were put on rails for the women to try on.

A portion of the sales will be donated to Away from It All Holidays, a scheme run by the Mother’s Union.

This will be added to the £618 raised by ticket sales and the raffle.

Mrs Higginbottom said the cash would help pay for holidays in the UK for families in desperate need.

She said: ‘It’s for disadvantaged families.

‘They need a bit of help, guidance and a holiday too.

‘They have a jolly good time. The families are referred to us by social services and parish priests.’

Mrs Higginbottom added: ‘I would like to thank everybody who helped me with the fashion show.’

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