Fashion show bags £8,850 for children’s charity

Variety Vixens: Jo Booth from CRM (centre), Paula Castle from Leonard Curtis (right) and Fiona Parkinson from Close Brothers

Jo Booth from CRM, Fiona Parkinson from Close Brothers and Paula Castle from Leonard Curtis have again masterminded a sell-out Spring Fashion Show and Lunch to raise much-needed cash.

The event attracted over 200 of the great and the glam from a range of professional services businesses across Manchester, who gathered at Manchester Hall and literally lifted the ‘roof terrace’ with food, fizz and good friends to raise £8,850 for the cause.

Variety provides essential funding for disadvantaged, disabled and sick children and young people in the North West.

Known as the ‘Variety Vixens’ in Manchester’s female professional services sector, Jo, Paula and Fiona invited along Natalie Deasey, Assistant Head Teacher at Chatsworth special needs school in Salford, and two of her pupils, Daniel and Lewis, to talk about how fundraising for Variety impacts the pupils and families of the school. 

An auction for must-have tickets to shows by Peter Kay, Sam Smith, and Michael Buble and a big prize raffle kept the event swinging and the tills ringing for the charity.

Jo Booth commented: “When we all get together great things happen! I am very proud to be a Variety Vixen with my good friends Paula and Fiona. We started these events in 2012 never dreaming we would host such popular lunches and be able to support charities like Variety who do so much great work with children across the area.”