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Passion for fashion made a lot of money for the Pink Ladies on Saturday night and Gemma Hockey was there. There are some great pictures by Adrian Miller - check them all out here.

There are some great pictures by Adrian Miller - check them all out here.


THOUSANDS of pounds were raised for the Pink Ladies at a fashion show that oozed style and sophistication. Guests included Lady Bridget Carey and Pink Ladies representative and breast cancer survivor Gillian Tidd.


Patron Lady Carey said she was delighted to have been at the show, which took place on Saturday night. A lot of work has gone into this to coordinate all the models. It has been very professional,' she said.

I think it is amazing what they have thought of and what they have put into it because it has been incredible, with the lighting, music and the whole atmosphere.' A patron of three charities, Lady Carey said the Pink Ladies was an organisation close to her heart.  This is a happy event for a serious cause.

There are a lot of people who have had breast cancer and the Pink Ladies have done so much to support them. They need this money to continue that support,' she added.


Mrs Tidd said the evening was a fantastic way to raise money for such a serious cause.  The Pink Ladies is not only a support group for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer ­ it is about raising awareness because early detection saves lives,' she said.


The support the Pink Ladies provide is invaluable because when you are diagnosed with breast cancer your whole world disintegrates around you and to have someone you can talk to who knows what you are going through can mean so much.' Organised by CMA event management, the show was the brainchild of the company's Suzanne Pontin.

More than 20 models, aged from five to 40-plus, took to the catwalk in the courts building, which was decked in pink ribbons and illuminated in orange, blue and yellow. Its grey granite features were lined with lilies, roses and gerberas.


Josef, of Josef of Switzerland, and his team, which included Lucus Sutec and Thomas Fuschs, a colour specialist, styled the models' hair after a month of preparation which included cuts, colours, perms and put-ups.

It was quite stressful in the last couple of hours because the models were confused about when they were getting their hair and make-up done, but it all came together and I think they look fantastic,' said Mr Sutec.

The models were choreographed by the Blondel Earl Dance Centre.

Caitlin Chescoe, 15, who has lived in Guernsey for four years after having moved from Gloucestershire, wants to be an interior designer but on Saturday night she, along with many others, starred in a fashion show.

It's been really nice getting my hair and make-up done,' she said.

I work at the Mirage Cafe and Suzanne is a friend of my bosses and asked if I would take part in the fashion show.

It's been a really good experience and I would like to do some more modelling, but I still want to be an interior designer.' Suzanne Pontin of CMA Event Management was delighted with how the show, her brainchild, had turned out.

It has been amazing,' she said. It has exceeded my expectations.

The audience has been fantastic and it's nice to see some men as well as women.' She said she hoped next year's show, for which the funds will go to another charity yet to be named, would attract even more males.

This is my second fashion show but CMA's first and I think it has been very successful.' She could not say exactly how much had been raised but she collected £2,000 from the raffle and the signed Kylie Minogue album had sold at auction for £500.


A lot of the models were found by Katie from Free Love and Sail or Surf and Escape had their own models,' she said.  Mrs Pontin said the four youngsters ­ her daughters Isabel, 5, Sophie, 7, and Megan, 10 ­ and Jack Sinclair-Stott, 12, had done a fantastic job.


The children have done really well and they have really loved it.' She said the support from Mrs Tidd had been fantastic.  The Pink Ladies is a cause very close to my heart and I think it is one close to many here tonight and throughout Guernsey,' she said.  It was lovely that Lady Carey could be here too.  I think it is important people know where their money is going. It will be used to pay for the treatment of lymphoedema, a side-effect of breast cancer treatment, for which the States of Guernsey does not pay.' The building was transformed by the decor brought in for the night.


I wanted to create an event that was of the same standard as any other place in the world. I think the court is not a venue many people here have had a chance to see and it is a public building.

I think, with the granite and the glass, it has been fantastic for the fashion show.' Sale or Surf manager Jessica Bolger, who also modelled a wedding dress at the end of the evening, said she thought it had been a fantastic success.

I am really excited about the event and I was happy to help Suzanne, who is my auntie.' Tracey Cole said it had been a good evening.

My friend asked me to come along and I think the cause is excellent.

Hopefully, it will have raised a lot of money for the Pink Ladies because there are a lot of people, men and women, diagnosed with breast cancer.' Livvy Cochrane, 16, and her friends attended the show.  I love fashion and I think there should be more events like this in Guernsey,' said the Blanchelande pupil.

* Involved in the show were Creasey's menswear and Benefit make-up, Escape, Nautilus, Free Love, Sail or Surf, Little Miss Jones, Trouteaud Opticians, Isle of Sark Shipping, Joules, Flowers by Hazel, Sueco, Celaro Shoes, Tim Langlois, Mappin & Webb, Nurture/Healthspan, Spa Day (Cobo), Day Salon (Collings Road), Maria Waddingham, Josef of Switzerland, ALS Productions, Wallace Barnaby, Blondel Earl Dance Centre and Island Scan.


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