Local businesses in North Cornwall came together for a Ladies Charity Evening on Thursday 3 December at Wadebridge School for a night of fashion and beauty. The event was organised by our very own Jane Evans and Lynn Stewart, a member of Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club. The funds raised - £1334, will be split between the Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club and the Wadebridge Skate Park.

The evening began with a training demonstration by the Nippers - the younger members of Polzeath Surf Life Saving Club - to show the skills they learn and how these are translated into real life rescue situations at sea.  The Nippers were followed by a skate boarding show and talk by local youngsters who will benefit from the new skate park in Wadebridge.

The demonstrations were followed by a presentation from Mish, who has recently opened a new lingerie boutique in Wadebridge, having been based in Bodmin for many years.  Mish explained the theory behind finding a well fitting bra and helped three ladies from the audience find the perfect bra.

The evening culminated with our fashion show by Ocean Blue Clothing - we showed 24 looks on the catwalk, which included outfits for the outdoors, casual looks and Christmas party outfits. 

Jane Evans said: "We started running style events to raise money for charity several years ago and they always prove very popular with local ladies and very well attended.  We wanted to create a fun evening for ladies to find out more about fashion trends and get beauty tips from experts who have local businesses in the area."

The evening concluded with a raffle, with one lucky lady walking away with a £250 gift voucher from Ocean Blue. The money raised from the ticket sales and raffle will be split between Polzeath Surf Life Training Club, to help with their training, competition and equipment costs, and the proposed Wadebridge Skate Park project, to help fund a consultation which will be held in the new year.

Jane concluded: "Huge thanks must go to everyone who attended our event and those who helped to make this event happen - Belinda from Arbonne, Seventh Heaven, Aruba Blu Hair Group, Salon Deco, Clare Fluin Beauty and Mish for all running stands on the night, The Shed for making beautiful canapés, Wadebridge Wines for supplying drinks for the evening and Impress51 for artwork, printing and music.  Special thanks to Chris and Matt from Wadebridge School for running the lighting for the show and to all our models and volunteers who took part in the event."

Gallery images photo credit: Amber Trudgeon