Portsmouth department store’s British-themed day hopes to raise cash for charity

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A GLORIOUSLY grand beauty event is being held by a department store, all in aid of a local charity.

Debenhams in Commercial Road is hosting the summer gala in a bid to raise £1,000 for the Portsmouth branch of Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The British-themed bash will take place on Thursday, August 9, from 9am to 8pm, and see an array of fun-filled pampering for all – in exchange for donations to the charity.

Cash will also be raised through the sale of tickets, at £1 each, with all proceeds going to the MNDA.

Customers at the event, called the Gloriously British Beauty Party, will automatically be entered into a raffle with each ticket purchase with a selection of beauty prizes on offer.

Beauty manager at Debenhams Julie McBurnie said: ‘We wanted to incorporate everything exciting about this British summer – the Jubilee, Olympics and Goodwood, so we’re all going for the red, white and blue theme.

‘There’ll be refreshments and goodie bags and a great atmosphere. But the most important thing is that we get the grand for this well-deserving cause.’

As part of the event there’ll be an MNDA stand with volunteers who can talk about the charity, and collect cash.

Sara-Rose Langston, one of the volunteers helping out with the fundraiser, said: ‘All of the money raised will help to support local people affected by the disease and can make such a difference to someone’s quality of life. For example, just £15 buys an adapted cutlery set which means the difference between needing to be fed, and keeping the control and independence of feeding yourself.’

MND attacks the nerves in the brain and spinal cord.

The charity says there are 45 people with MND in the Portsmouth and south east region.

Lucy Etheridge, volunteering development co-ordinator for the south, said: ‘If Debenhams manages to raise £1,000 we would be absolutely delighted.

‘This amount of money can make a significant difference to those living with or affected by MND, for example £150 could operate our support line for half a day, £500 could fund the installation of a stair lift for someone and allow them to stay in their own home and £1,000 could buy a riser recliner armchair for those who can no longer stand unaided.’

To purchase tickets for this event call in store or reserve them on 02392855657.