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North East students step out to support African charity


_DSC4317PUPILS at independent school Polam Hall joined forces with the region’s fashion businesses to go catwalk crazy in the name of charity.

The Darlington-based day and boarding school secured the support of some of the trendiest firms in the North East business community as it looked to raise funds to support the vital work of a Ugandan charity.

The school hosted a special Valentine’s Day fashion show which was put together entirely by talented Polam Hall students, with a little help from 10 generous retailers in the region.

Clothes retailers Leggs, Poppy Bridal, Ruby’s, Verity’s Closet, Geoffrey Gillow, New Look, Republic, Dolly Mamma,  Affleck & Moffat, and Catherine Hart all agreed to supply outfits for the show on Valentine’s Day. Neo Beauty and Be Premiere assisted the models with their hair and make-up for the event.

Around 40 sixth form students where involved in modelling and backstage tasks such as managing the lighting and music as well as serving refreshments.

Meanwhile, junior school children modeled a range of clothes from Emilia’s and customised shoes from ‘Be-dazzled’, specially created by the school’s Young Enterprise club.

Funds raised by the event went towards supporting Kagando Care, an African charity which supports the life-saving work of a Ugandan hospital and orphanage school.

The charity was chosen by Polam Hall’s sixth form after a family friend of one of its students hosted a presentation at the school about a recent visit to Uganda and the work of Kagando Care.

John Moreland, headmaster at the school, said: “Not only did the fashion show raise funds for a very important charity, it also taught our pupils some new skills and gave them valuable experience in showing them what can be achieved by working as a team.”

Polam Hall has been based at its site in Darlington since 1854 and prides itself on maintaining its traditional values and rich heritage while being able to offer pupils the strongest possible skills for the future.

The school now caters for children aged between three and 18 and attracts students from all over the world.

To find out more about the school visit: www.polamhall.com.

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