Staff at a Northumberland insurance broker have raised hundreds of pounds in memory of a former accounts clerk.
Blyth-based Weir Insurance held a ‘Schwop Shop’ event to raise funds in memory of Pauline Heron for Cancer Research.
Karen Weir, managing director of Weir Insurance, said: “We were all very close to Pauline, who worked as our accounts clerk from 1998 to when she retired in October 2011.
“She worked through her cancer treatment with us part-time and stayed in touch after retirement. Sadly, she passed away in September 2013 from secondary cancer.
Before Pauline died, Weir had taken her to one of Jenny B’s lunch events to cheer her up after a particularly bad bout of chemotherapy.
She said: “I then came across Jenny in a business context when we expanded into Northumberland so I got in touch – it seemed a perfect fit to remember Pauline and celebrate our passion for all things fashion.
During the styling event, Jenny B advised guests on their ‘schwop’ choices from the selection of handbags, winter coats and party dresses, and gave a style talk as refreshments were served.
A raffle was also drawn where the star prize was a £180 style consultation with Jenny, who is based at The Style Room in Stocksfield, Northumberland.
Weir said: “The event was a complete success and we all had great fun sharing in some retail therapy! I’m very proud to say that we raised more than £600 on the day and donations are still coming in as those who couldn’t be there get in on some of the action bagging a bargain for a great cause.
“One of the reasons we wanted to do a ‘schwop’ event is that money is always tight before Christmas – but as Jenny B confirmed, women are still spending an average of £500 per year on items that they never use or wear so what better way to recycle.
“We are hoping to donate £1,000 to Cancer Research before the year is out so this has really helped us along the way to meet our target.
“It was the first time we’ve done something like this but we’re keen to make it an annual event and we’ll certainly be holding other similar shopping events going forward.”