Platform Project calls for support from local businesses with fashion show fundraiser

By Nick Batten on 29 June, 2022

The Platform Project – an innovative non-profit organisation based in Swindon – is hosting a fashion show as part of its work to help disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in the local area. 

The charity helps the young people it works with develop the skills, experience and confidence they need to stay in education and go on to launch successful careers.

The event is going to be one of the largest fashion shows Swindon has seen in years. Held at MECA with capacity for 300-plus attendees plus stallholders, it’s set to be a night of fun, fashion and of course some much-needed fundraising for the Project.

The show is the brainchild of the young people at the Platform Project, supported by their team of staff and volunteers. The night will be run by them and acts as the launch of the Project’s latest youth-led business – a Dress Agency, where students will be selling unwanted evening dresses on behalf of donors.

The fashion show also marks The Platform Project’s fifth birthday so there will be cake on the night as well as a delicious grazing menu, VIP area and table service drinks. Attendees can expect to see a full catwalk show with various fashions showcased from outlets around the town and some entertainment on stage.

There will also be a live DJ until late, then an afterparty at a secret location that will be revealed closer to the time for ticket holders.

On the night event-goers can go shopping for evening dresses, visit the many stalls, take part in an auction and also buy raffle tickets for a range of prizes up for grabs on the night too.

Can you help?

The Platform Project is asking for support from the people and businesses of Swindon, so perhaps you can sponsor the event, buy tickets, donate an evening dress, donate prizes for the auction and raffle or sell your wares by taking a trader stall. Participants will be able to buy items and bid for those up for auction on the night.

Sadie Sharp, Founder of The Platform Project said, “We love seeing the success of our young people and this fashion show really showcases what they can do. We want as many people as we can to get involved, no matter how big or small as it would mean the world to them. We’re helping them to develop through real practical experiences, led by their passions and excitement and enabling them to build a future they truly want.”

So if you’re able to help, contact the project on or head to its website here to buy tickets.

The fashion show will take place on 23rd September. 

Pictured above: The young people at the Platform Project, organisers of the event