A charity Fashion Show featuring clothes and shoes from two of the town’s retail outlets – The Frock Shop and Wellington Boots – raised over £600 for the armed forces’ charity SSAFA this week. Pauline Homeshaw, Publicity Officer SSAFA Somerset, explained the work of the charity: “SSAFA is not, perhaps, the most well-known military charity but we do the widest work, serving all three arms of the services, plus all their dependents – for ever if need be. And we have been going since 1885 – a lot longer than most!
“We were working away, on our own, during the First World War, and we are still here today for the military family, providing relief at times of financial, emotional or physical stress.” The SSAFA newsletter shows that, in 2013, the charity’s caseworkers helped 300 clients in Somerset “in areas such as home adaptations, war pension and benefits advice, mobility aids, signposting to other agencies and support on marriage breakdown.”
The Fashion Show was organised by Susan Adams, Chair of the local SSAFA fund-raising committee, together with The Frock Shop. As well as raising vital money, the show put fashions for women of all ages – even those on the far side of 40 – on the catwalk and illustrated varied, stylish and colourful outfits for every occasion. The 6 models – Patricia Vernon, Pam Clare, Val Walker, Jackie Mumford, Hazel Sylvester and Caroline Unwin – underlined that the choice of fashionable and attractive clothes, shoes and accessories for women has never been greater – and is available here in the town.
Susan Adams paid tribute to “the massive support of Tracy-Anne Fraser at The Frock Shop and her models, and Ann Brummitt of Wellington Boots who supplied all the shoes.”
SSAFA’s next fund-raising event will be an Open Garden at Burges Meadow, Maundown, Wiveliscomble on 26th May from 2pm to 6pm.