The Platform Project raises £8K with fashion show fundraiser

By Nick Batten on 13 October, 2022

Wiltshire charity The Platform Project has held a black-tie fashion show to raise much-needed funds to support the services it provides for young people in Swindon. 

The evening, sponsored by Intel and other local organisations, was a huge success and saw businesses and supporters from in and around the town head to MECA for the evening. The night saw stage performances by The Wilkes Academy, live music, a DJ and event goers shopped til they dropped at the Swindie Makers Market stalls and the Platform Project’s very own evening dress sale racks. 

The guests attending the event also had a very big incentive to raise as much as possible because local philanthropist and Chairman of the Platform Project Board James Phipps had a surprise in store – if the cash raised went over £5000 he pledged to walk the catwalk in a huge red ballgown. 

The challenge was accepted and achieved in excess, resulting in the local businessman acting as the fashion show finale, braving the catwalk.

Attendees on the night were shown a moving video that young people from the project created to show the audience how their support made a difference and how the team at the Platform Project have changed their lives, increasing their confidence, employability and enabling them to succeed in their future path. 

The Platform Project Founder Sadie Sharp said, “I would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone that helped organise and support the event, we couldn’t have done it without you all and we’re so happy to have raised so much. 

“We’re really lucky to have the backing of so many amazing local businesses who really recognise how the work we are doing is helping young people develop into confident, skilled, and work-ready entry-level talent. It means the world to us and them that we have a local network of supporters that are prepared to give up their time and money to help change the lives and outcomes of the young people we work with every day. 

“We had such an amazing turnout at this recent event that we knew we had to do it all over again! We’re already organising the next event and it’s going to be even bigger and better than this one so I’m really excited to see how much we’ll raise next time. Our service is a lifeline for so many young people in Swindon and we want to be able to help as many of them as we can.” 

Next year’s event has been set for Saturday 10th June 2023 and they will be heading back to MECA to hold a new fundraiser with an ‘epic gameshow’ theme, alongside even more live music and entertainment. 

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