Volunteers needed as fashion show models

By by Independent reporter in Charity

The Manx Blind Welfare Society is to hold a fashion show next month.

It will be showing off a range of clothing available to buy from its shop, The VIP Store, from 2pm on Sunday, March 5.

The fashion show will take place at the society’s headquarters, Corrin Court in Heywood Avenue, Onchan, and tickets are £10, including afternoon tea.

Items being modelled will also be for sale and all money raised during the event will go towards helping visually impaired people.

The society relies entirely on fundraising, donations and legacies to provide free services and support including a talking book library, weekly recorded news service, computer training, specialist equipment, social events, advice and more.

In 2015 the society opened The VIP Store in Strand Street, Douglas, selling a wide range of secondhand and new items to raise funds. The fashion show is an opportunity to present a sample of the nearly-new clothing the public has donated to the shop.

Office manager Kerry Macduffie, who is organising the fashion show, said: ’Since opening the shop we have been delighted by the level of support we’ve received. Not only are clothes, books, DVDs, jewellery and more flying off the rails and the shelves, but people have also been hugely generous in donating excellent quality items for us to sell.

’We decided to arrange a special event to celebrate the success of The VIP Store as well as showing off some of the beautiful clothing we have on sale and a fashion show seemed like the perfect idea.’

Kerry added: ’The show is open to all and the ticket price includes afternoon tea at Corrin Court. You’ll have a chance to see a sample of the range of clothes we sell, support our work and maybe pick up a bargain or two! I’d also like to say a huge thank you to Conister Bank which is kindly supporting our fashion show.’

Volunteers will be modelling during The VIP Store Fashion Show and the society needs more.

For more information and to buy tickets visit Corrin Court, Onchan, The VIP Store in Strand Street, Douglas, or call 674727.

Meanwhile, it’s now easier to help the charity.

Freestanding cardboard collection points measuring 85 centimetres-tall for the MBWS’s shop are available free to any business that would like to make it easier for staff to donate to charity.

The society will deliver the donation station and can pick up donations whenever required.

To receive a MBWS donation station, or if you would like more information about the society and The VIP Store, call 674727.

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