Newhaven fashion show raises £1,000 for Searchlight

NEWHAVEN Enterprise Centre raised nearly £1,000 for Searchlight when it held a fashion show on Friday April 8.

Organisers described the show held at the centre on Denton Island as a huge success and added every seat was taken.

Searchlight is based in Mountpleasant and offers care for adults with physical and learning disabilities.

Centre manager Claire Duc said: “Searchlight provide an invaluable service for local people with physical and learning disabilities, but the funding that it receives from the local authority is not enough to maintain its residential care home as well as the day care and respite care that the charity offers, so I am pleased to be able to support Searchlight in any way I can.

“The fashion show was a great success; the clothes were lovely and a lot were snapped up on the night.

“The ladies from Bodyshapers were amazing and very brave to model for such a deserving cause.”

Women were able to buy clothes from well known High Street shops at greatly reduced prices from Travelling Trends, a company specialising in charity fashion shows.

The models, who donated their time to grace the catwalk, were all members of Bodyshapers, a ladies only ‘non-gym’ which is based in The Newhaven Enterprise Centre. In total the event raised £475.

Newhaven Enterprise Centre is managed by Basepoint Business Centres, which operates 28 centres across the South of England and the Midlands.

Basepoint’s parent company, The ACT Foundation, is a leading grant making charity which doubles any money that Basepoint raises for charitable causes.

This means that Searchlight will receive almost £1,000 from the charity fashion show.

At the show, centre manager Claire presented a cheque for almost £4,000 to Maxine Hue-Sang and Tina Underhill, who live in Searchlight’s residential care homes.

Newhaven Enterprise Centre was able to make this donation after The ACT Foundation matched the funds raised at various events that the charity had organised over the past year.

For more information about Searchlight visit the group’s website www.search-light.org.uk.