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Sheerness Times Guardian and Sittingbourne News Extra charity of the year, the Harmony Therapy Trust, hosts successful fashion show

A much anticipated fundraising fashion show has been declared a huge success after it raised hundreds of pounds.

It was held at the Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey’s east site, Minster Road, Minster, on Friday evening in aid of the Harmony Therapy Trust.

The cause, which provides free therapies to people with serious illnesses, is the Times Guardian and the Sittingbourne News Extra's Charity of the Year.

Julie Murby
Julie Murby

More than 55 people went along to take advantage of a range of high street fashions which were offered at a discounted price.

Teachers and pupils from the school were the models, and staff from Ginger Hair Design in Sheerness did their hair free of charge. Altogether it raised £305.

Minster resident Dawn Cockburn, who founded Harmony in 2010, said: “It was a fantastic evening. The clothes were to die for and it was very well supported by everybody.

“I’d like to thank everybody who came along and helped and especially Lyn Baseley at the academy for all her hard work in organising it.”

Meanwhile, the trust has had another boost of £110 after setting up a stall at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham.

The volunteers do it once a month and they were there most recently on Wednesday.

They set up a table in the foyer to provide information and advice about what they do and other support available.

The money was raised through a raffle and donation buckets and volunteers are hoping to get a stall set up at Maidstone Hospital too.

Mrs Cockburn added: “It’s really valuable to have that regular spot at the hospital.

“Sometimes people passing through may have just had a diagnosis and are reeling and we can help and support them.”

Bids are also still being invited for an exclusive day out to Southwick Park, near Portsmouth, where Churchill and Eisenhower planned the D-Day invasion.

The trip can be for up to 20 people, in which case there would be a buffet rather than a meal in the officers’ mess.

Bids are invited via the trust on 01795 663050, and the auction ends in May at a fundraising dinner and dance.

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