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Our third Y Ladies Lunch and Fashion Show, held at Glasgow’s Radisson hotel on June 23, was our biggest and best yet, raising almost £11,500 for the charity’s service users.

Ypeople delivers support services to a range of people including children, young people and families, asylum seekers and refugees and those whose lives have been affected by homelessness.

This year the fashion show featured glamorous gowns from Glasgow and Hamilton boutique, Eleganza Sposa’s evening wear collection.

In preparation for the event, five young residents from Branston Court visited Eleganza Sposa, where they tried on a selection of dresses and received advice on performing in public from Scottish singer and TV presenter Michelle McManus.

Laura Davidson, personal shopper for Top Shop, also spent a day with our five young residents helping to build their self confidence and find their individual style of clothing. The girls, Becci, Melissa, Danielle, Sarah and Isra joined Laura on the catwalk at the fashion show to model their choice of clothing. They were delighted when Laura announced that Top Shop were donating the clothes to them.

The event was sponsored by Taggarts Motor Group, one of the best known names in the Scottish motor trade. Established in 1896, the business now has two showrooms – Glasgow and Motherwell. The company donated a number of top prizes for the raffle, including the use of a Jaguar car for the weekend.

Debbie Fraser, fundraising manager for YPeople, said: “The Y Ladies Lunch and Fashion show is fast becoming a highlight of the social calendar for Glasgow women, who are known throughout the UK for their sense of style, as well as one of our most successful fundraising events.

“This year we were pleased to introduce a new dimension by involving some of our service users in the fashion show, providing them with an opportunity to build their confidence and learn new skills.

“I’d like to give special thanks to our new headline sponsor, Taggarts Motor Group, for their generous support. All of the funds we raised through ticket sales, raffle and the charity auction will go directly to Ypeople’s services, to continue to support some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members in our society.”


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