Western Gazette - Flying Colours CharIty Fashion Show

JOCKEYS are swapping their horses for the catwalk to raise money to help premature and poorly babies.

Paul Nicholls' yard in Ditcheat has provided male models for the Rocking the Catwalk fashion show next week.

The event is being held to raise money for the Flying Colours Appeal, which is raising £500,000 for a new Special Care Baby Unit at Yeovil Hospital.

The show is being produced by Somerset stylist and wardrobe consultant Natasha Musson and it involves a number of national designers and brands.

Among the designers will be Alice Temperley, Cordings, Bill Amberg and Penelope Chilvers, with top local boutiques such as Deadly is the Female, Boho, The Laundry and Holly Lane.

Ms Musson has got a number of local boutiques, hairdressers and beauty salons involved, as well as the jockeys and local students who will be modelling, running the front of house and helping backstage.

She said: "I wanted to celebrate Somerset style and do something that would really grab people's attention and help raise money for this fantastic charity.

"I had all three of my daughters at Yeovil District Hospital, so Flying Colours is something that is very close to my heart.

"We've got so much to offer in the West Country, this is a great opportunity to really show off what a wealth of talent we have.

"The range of fashion at our boutiques is bang on trend and second to none.

"The models are all regular students from local schools and colleges who have never done this before but they look amazing – the whole production is local.

"And we've got a real wow finale thanks to bridal designers Sew Skilled."

The runway show is set to take place at 8pm on Thursday, September 26, at North Cadbury Court, in North Cadbury.

James Kirton, head of fundraising for Flying Colours, has thanked everyone involved.

He said: "At Flying Colours we are urgently trying to raise the funds we need for a new a Special Care Baby Unit with more space for families.

"Every donation we receive brings us a step closer to being able to start work on the new unit. This is a fantastic event, we've never been involved with anything like it before.

"We'd like to say a very big thank you to all the local businesses, helpers, models, boutiques and designers involved."

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Western Gazette - Flying Colours CharIty Fashion Show