Red carpet rolls out for charity fashion show

Hollywood glitz is coming to Edinburgh as adults with learning disabilities take to the stage to raise funds at a charity fashion show tomorrow night (29 August).

Movies are the theme of the catwalk event which has been organised by the North East Edinburgh Community Arts Group (NECAG).

The show will feature a range of outfits based on scenes from classic musicals to spectacular blockbusters which will be modelled by volunteers and service users. Some of the movies being featured in the show include: Singing in the Rain, Star Wars, Cabaret, Ghostbusters, Grease and War of the Worlds.

Staff and volunteers from NECAG have put together the show to help raise money for the group and also to heighten public awareness of the support available for adults with learning disabilities.

Charity shop, All Together Edinburgh, will be donating clothes for the show and hair stylists and make-up artists will be on hand to ensure the models look their best on the catwalk.

Councillor Ricky Henderson, Health Leader for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "Holding a charity fashion show is a really good way of raising awareness of the valuable work that groups like NECAG do to support Edinburgh's vulnerable citizens.

"Events like this wouldn't happen without a lot of dedication from volunteers who bring together local communities across the city through projects such as these. A lot of hard work has gone into next week's show and with movies being the theme I am sure it will be turn out to be a five star event!"

Suzie James, a volunteer with NECAG for the past four years, said: "Last year's fashion show was our first one so we approached it with a bit of trepidation but it turned out to be a massive success. Everyone who took part was on such a high and the atmosphere was amazing."

The fashion show is being held at the South Leith Parish Church Halls and starts at 7pm.  Doors open from 6pm and tickets cost £4 on the night. There will be a number of local stalls selling items and refreshments.

The North East Edinburgh Community Arts Group runs weekly on a Tuesday evening for adults with learning disabilities. Funded in part by the City of Edinburgh Council, the group is involved with a number of arts group projects in the city.

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