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Civic & Soroptimist Dignitaries 

St. Michael’s Hospice Shops, Harrogate Grammar School PTA and Soroptimist International of Harrogate and District teamed up last Saturday to produce a spectacular Fashion Show promoting sustainable fashion, at Harrogate Grammar School.

The event organiser and  Club’s Immediate Past President Sandra Frier greeted The Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate Borough, Cllr Trevor and Janet Chapman, Soroptimist International of Yorkshire’s President Lindsay Green.

Just ‘B’

An amazing £7,200 was raised for Just’B’, part of Saint Michael’s Hospice. The Charity provides emotional well-being and bereavement support to children, young people and adults across North Yorkshire.

Artisan Stalls

Guests were able to browse and buy from a selection of Artisan stalls.

Walking the Catwalk



Club members, volunteers from Saint Michael’s Hospice shops, students from Harrogate College and Harrogate’s own Miss Galaxy took to the catwalk.  The preloved clothes ranged from casual to evening wear.

Up-Cycled Outfit Competition

The last catwalk range featured an Up-cycled Outfit Competition.  The original designs, created from clothing, fabrics and accessories  destined for landfill. Modelled by their creators and volunteers, including students from Harrogate College, volunteers and staff from Ripon Saint Michael’s Hospice Shop and, of course, Soroptimists

The winning sustainable outfit  judged by the Mayoress, Janet Chapman, the President of Soroptimist International of Yorkshire, Lindsay Green, and the Chair of the Grammar School PTA, Kirsty Leadham, was designed by a group of four students of the Art & Design Foundation Diploma from Harrogate College.

Reducing Carbon Emissions

It is very opportune that our Fashion Show took place just as the COP26 Climate Change conference was in full swing. The Fashion Show emphasised that by buying pre-loved clothes, we can contribute to slowing the fast fashion cycle and reduce clothing waste. The fashion industry produces more CO2 emissions than aviation and shipping combined!

Partnership Working

Sandra Frier, Immediate Past President of SI Harrogate and District and organiser of the event said “I must thank everyone who contributed today but especially the Saint Michael’s Hospice Shops, our generous sponsors and advertisers from across the Harrogate business community. Also,  Elaine Gill, House of Colour Personal Stylist and Annabel Smith, Lecturer at Harrogate College, for her invaluable help at the Show. The result was an exceptional amount of money raised for Just ’B’.”

Event Sponsored by  Waitrose and Cook Trotter Ltd