On 14 September we hosted our annual Fashion Show fundraising event, ‘The Collection’, generously supported by Santander Bank, St. Austell. The fun evening saw eight volunteer models take to the catwalk, showing off to best effect a range of donated new and pre-loved women’s clothing and accessories followed by a sale of the impressive collection of donated clothing.
The evening was well supported by a crowd of ladies looking for a special purchase while a team of volunteers made everything happen. These included make-up artist Julie Wiz alongside Emilie’s professional Hair who made our models sparkle and look fantastic along with compere Sheila Vanloo, better known for her work at St Austell Bay Radio, who brought the show to life with commentary on four stunning ranges of designer gowns, casual, formal and outerwear.
Other models included Front of House Supervisor Maggie Trubshaw, Education Officer Gemma Martin, Badger Forest Schools Ysella Wood as well as Wheal Martyn supporters Harriet Moore, Elaine Hamer, Eva Ford and Clare Rowe-Hall. Loud applause greeted Director Colin Vallance and Si Durrant who works in our Digital department who joined the catwalk suited and booted to promenade with the models as they showed off some fantastic evening wear.
Jo Moore, Wheal Martyn’s Curator and one of the models, said “The event was a real success with frocks that put the fun into fundraising. We had great fun strutting our stuff on the catwalk and all for a good cause, helping to raise an incredible sum of money to support the work of the museum! The atmosphere was very friendly and there were plenty of smiling faces in the audience that got happier as the stampede for the clothes rails began!”
Sue Ford, Museum Manager at Wheal Martyn, thanked staff from Santander in St Austell for volunteering at the event and said “We were overwhelmed with the generosity of people who donated high quality and many designer items for our sale. Our audience was thrilled with the wonderful bargains and we raised over £2,000 towards the museums charitable work. Thank you to all those who attended, volunteered on the night, donated amazing clothes or helped in any other way to make the event possible and a lot of fun!”
Colin Vallance praised the team work between volunteers and employees at Wheal Martyn which had made the event a resounding success.