It was a wet and humid evening last May, when the first participants started to arrive at the historic Old Hall Hotel, Buxton.
Fashionable looking people of all ages, both male and female were hauling large bags and dragging suitcase trolleys.
The average passerby might have thought that this was just another group of people arriving for a break in the Derbyshire High Peak. Those in the know were under no such illusions though, they knew that this was the preparations for “Fashion & Fizz” Buxton’s annual charity event to raise money for Blythe House Hospice.
Buxton Hotel Hosts Charity Event
Inside the Old Hall Hotel, the large functions rooms had been taken over by those running the event. The hotel staff were directing models, guests and photographers to their respective homes for the evening. From the outset the ballroom was a lively hub of excited ladies, enjoying a glass of champagne and catching up with friends and family.
In the rear function room the volunteer models were preparing to dazzle their audience. All the models were local to the Buxton Area, and had given their time freely to support the victims of Cancer.
Buxton Businesses Donated Freely
Several local Buxton businesses donated their clothes and shoes to be worn. The Buxton businesses involved in the event were Divine Trash, Minimo, Vintage Rose and Unique Feet all took a group of models each. Hair and makeup experts were on hand to make sure everyone looked their best.
When the time for the show finally came, Each model proceeded to the main ballroom and began to strut their stuff. Proceedings were compared by the inimitable double act that is Mike Burton and Greg Smith.
Buxton’s giving Spirit
The models, although all amateurs shone radiantly and their confidence grew throughout the evening with each catwalk that they performed. The Champagne flowed and all in a good cause too as the old hall kindly donated a percentage of the bar takings to the Blythe House charity.
Everyone was invited to enter the raffle for the chance to win host of exciting prizes.
- Pooles Cavern donated a family day pass.
- At the Dome Restaurant donated a meal for two with unlimited drinks.
- At the Dome Spa donated a day pass for one person, including a 30 minute treatment.
- Vero Moda donated a leather jacket, 2 PU leather look jackets, three patent purses.
- Toni and Guy free cut and colour.
- Every shop that took part donated a £50 voucher.
At the end of the evening Carol Thomas was invited to come and make the draw of the raffle winners. Before making the draw she thanked the old hall hotel, the models, attendees and local fashion businesses. She went on to pay tribute to the ‘brilliant, caring dedication’ of the Blythe House care team who had looked after her during her illness and helped so many other local cancer sufferers.
All in all the night was a terrific success with over £850 pounds raised.