Jarrow businesswomen join forces to host fashion and fun showcase for charity

Cancer survivors and battlers from across South Tyneside are coming together to strutt their stuff on the catwalk for charity.

Thursday, 3rd May 2018, 6:00 am
Carol Gibson, front left, who is hosting a fundraising night at the Lord Nelson, Monkton Village, for Cancer Research.

Carol Gibson, who herself has fought breast cancer, has joined forces with her business partner Mandy Trueman to host a fashion and fun event.

The event, which will take place at the Lord Nelson pub, in Monkton Village, Jarrow, on Friday, June 1, will showcase a range of clothing from DeJa Vu modelled by those who have been affected by cancer in some way.

The company is owned by Carol, who has a shop in Fellgate, Jarrow, which she co-owns and shares with Wings of Scent founder Mandy, 44.

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As well as hosting a fashion fundraiser, which will also feature a number of stalls selling a variety of items, the pair will also be taking part in the Relay for Life event in July.

Mandy’s son Josh will also have a photo booth at the event for people to capture memorable snaps.

Monies raised at the event will go towards the fundraising total of the girls’ relay team which will then be donated to charity.

Carol, 51, who is currently in her second year of remission, said: “The event is a shout out to everyone who has battled or is battling cancer. No one knows when or if you are going to be diagnosed with cancer.

“Mandy has always done the relay for life and at the beginning of the year we decided to make a team up. Then we decided to look at putting an event on with a few stalls, then it just got bigger and bigger.

“We will be doing a fashion show with those taking part have in some way been affected by cancer and have their own stories to tell either through their own battles or the battles of someone they know and love.

“We also have local singers who will be performing at the event and a number of raffle prizes including two pictures worth over £200 each.”

The event, which starts at 7pm, is hoping to raise £3,000 for charity through raffles and other fundraising activities on the night.

Tickets for the event have already sold out, however, people can still get their hands on raffle tickets by calling into DeJa Vu and Wings of Scent, in Leicester Way, Fellgate.