Fashion fun in aid of bereavement support group

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Young people – and those young at heart – hit the catwalk for a night of fashion, fun and entertainment in aid of a bereavement support group.

Children as young as four took part in the Cruse Crew’s festive fundraiser held at the Hedworth Hall, in Dean Road, South Shields.

The not-for-profit community interest company provides a support network to children, young people and their families who have suffered a bereavement through activities and social gatherings.

The night featured the winter clothing range from George Asda and BHS as well as the singing talents of Ellie Stephenson and Sarah Ryan.

Dancers Francesca and Madeleine Eldred and Leila and Eleanor Kassae also performed solo spots on the night, with Cruse Crew families given the chance to walk down the catwalk holding a candle in memory of their loved ones.

Hebburn Sea Cadets also performed on the night.

The event was also supported by PM Events, which donated the use of Frozen favourite Olaf for the show.

Speaking on the night, six-year-old Leah Carson, who lost her dad Karl, last year, said: “I am in Cruse Crew as I lost my dad and Cruse Crew makes me feel better, and we also have a great time with my sister and my brother.

“We all enjoy the fashion shows and all the things that are planned, and we have also been on little trips and it’s made us very happy. And we really don’t want to come out of Cruse Crew.”

Cruse Crew director Jean Costello said: “The fashion show is always a highlight for the kids and even the adults.

“And for those who have lost someone close to them, knowing they are doing something positive in memory of their loved one really does give them such a huge boost, sense of achievement and pride.

“It is always such a special night which leaves you with some great uplifting memories – especially at this time of year when it can be so hard for families who have lost someone.

“It’s hard to put into words just what being part of the Cruse Crew means – it really is like having a second family who know exactly what you are going through and are always there to pick you up when you are feeling down.”