Newcastle fashion show raises funds for Bubble Foundation

Hundreds of pounds is raised by a charity fashion show organised by owners of a North East clothes shop

Panache Fashion Show at The Diamond Inn, Ponteland in aid of The Bubble Foundation
Panache Fashion Show at The Diamond Inn, Ponteland in aid of The Bubble Foundation

Models strutted their stuff at a fashion show to help raise vital funds for the Bubble Foundation.

A packed crowd attended the fun event at The Diamond Inn in Ponteland, Newcastle.

The charity winter fashion show was organised by owners of clothes shop, Panache of Ponteland, and proved a big hit with customers from around the region.

Eileen Hulme, who owns the shop with her daughter, Louise, said: “It was a really, really good night. It’s very important that we support charities in the region as they do a great job.

“We have done charity fashion shows before and we like to support North East charities as we know that all the money raised will stay in the region.”


As much as £300 was raised by the fashion show and the proceeds will be split between the Bubble Foundation and Charlie Bear for Cancer Care.

A decision was made to support the Bubble Foundation as the Panache of Ponteland team know a mother whose son was saved by the pioneering work of Newcastle’s Bubble Unit.

Eileen added: “We know first-hand what a great job the unit does.”

Last month, The Journal launched its campaign to raise vital funds to ensure that pioneering research in tackling disorders of the immune system continues.

The Bubble Unit at the Great North Children’s Hospital, based at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, is one of only two nationally designated services that treats children with little or no immune system.

More than 20 years ago, the Bubble Foundation was set up in support of the service, but this is now sadly at serious risk of closure due to a sharp reduction in donations.

If this were to happen then it would mean that pioneering research into immune system problems would stop and the region could potentially lose leading experts in this field.

Gill Johnston, fundraising manager for the Bubble Foundation, said: “Thanks to the ladies at Panache for organising this event. What a great way to spend an evening and raise funds at the same time. We are very grateful for their support.”


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