Local Yorkshire women released their inner vogue on the runway in Bradford on Saturday 8 November in order to raise £14,000 for Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, a charity that represents families and patients treated in the Leeds Children’s Heart Unit.
The sell-out event was organised by volunteers, as part of the Give a Gift Initiative. The initiative was set up last year by a group of local organisations who recognised the need for the Muslim community to play a wider role within mainstream society. The fashion show was the last of six fundraising events over the year including a 5k charity run and a Zumba marathon, all of which have helped to surpass the £25,000 target set for Children’s Heart Surgery Fund and Martins Hospice.
The night saw over 300 people attend the Aagrah Midpoint Suite, Bradford, for a 4-course meal and an evening of entertainment including a fashion show and an auction in aid of Children’s Heart Surgery Fund and Martins Hospice. Doctors and staff who work with children at the unit also attended to show their support. Local women took to the catwalk, including; the CEO, Sharon Cheng and Jacqui Scott, who has been personally affected by the efforts of Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.
Jacqui, from Heworth, has been closely connected to Children’s Heart Surgery Fund for many years. Cameron, her seven year old son, was born with a congenital heart disease and over the course of his life has undergone many life-saving operations at the Leeds Children’s Heart Unit.
One of the organisers, Rifhat Malik said: “We chose Children’s Heart Surgery Fund as one of our charities for the Give a Gift Initiative because it is close to our hearts and carries out such fantastic work in our area. We wanted to show our support for a charity that has affected many people within our community and this is our way of giving something back.”
Rifhat added: “We hope that the money raised will enable Children’s Heart Surgery Fund to continue to purchase revolutionary equipment, provide family support, and continue their great work with children affected by congenital heart disease whilst providing support for their families.”
Sharon Cheng, CEO of Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, said: “We have worked with the Give a Gift Initiative for two years running now. Months of hard work and planning had gone into the event to ensure it was a success, and it paid off. As a charity, we are reliant on fundraising to continue our work and we are so grateful to everyone involved for their incredible efforts.”