News and events News Children First Derby Fashion Show 2019 A dazzling fashion show, largely organised by dedicated volunteers was held at the Riverside Centre Derby on Friday March 22nd to raise funds for local charity Children First Derby. The event was sponsored by Pentagon Motors Derby and Samantha Molloy, modelling from Pentagon, was certainly one of the evening’s bright stars. Jon Paul Menswear, Bedazzled, Dalrymples, M & S, Jillian Hart, Phase Eight, Apricot, Quiz, Monsoon and Primark were among the fashion houses and brands which showed clothes to over 120 delighted guests who attended the event. Lucy Quartermaine jewellery was available to purchase on the evening on a stand hosted by Merchant’s Jewellers who generously donated 20% of their profits to Children First Derby. BBC Radio Derby personality Andy Twigge (Twiggy) added a touch of comedy and celebrity to the evening, introducing the models and their couture. Guests enjoyed prosecco, a buffet supper and entertainment by well-loved Derby vocalist Donna Briscoe-Green, followed by a disco late into the night. Fundraising & PR Coordinator for Children First Derby, Amanda Skrytek shared, "Over £4000 was raised by the fashion show which will go directly toward supporting vulnerable children, young people and families in the local area. This annual event in our calendar was the original concept of one of our much valued fundraising volunteers Sandra Harrison, and we look forward to planning a 2020 event of the same calibre" The models showcasing their chosen outfits were nothing short of amazing; they each professionally modelled their favourite look, and made their runway entrances confidently to their uplifting chosen tracks, ranging from Queen to Little Mix. The event embraced both male and female models, and our gentleman volunteers particularly enjoyed showcasing their Ascot formal wear. It was a proud, inspiring evening for volunteers and Children First Derby staff, and a triumph for the fabulous models who represented all ages, shapes and styles so beautifully. The show finished with the former Mayoress of Derby, Juliette Whitby, modelling an exquisite outfit loaned by fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, a patron of the charity. Amanda appealed, "If any of the Telegraph readers have ideas for fundraising we would love to hear from them. We have to fundraise continually, year round to maintain our vital work in the local community. We welcome and invite your ideas and feedback"