Maggie’s on the runway 11th June supported by homes4u

Maggie's on the Runway helped to raise £175,000 for the charity Maggie’s Centres on Saturday 11th June. Two grand events took place under the nose of Concorde at Manchester Airport.

Around 500 guests were in attendance for the first event, a Fashion show with a difference, that difference being that all of the models had been touched by cancer. Some models are currently undergoing treatment, some had completed treatment and others were family members who have been supporting their loved ones through their fight.

Hosted by Darren Parks of Smooth Radio and Alexandra Jones, the show comprised of five catwalks with themes of from Red Carpet to Sun and Surf. Clothes were provided by Debenhams, JD Williams, Gap, Coast and Ted Baker and hair styling from Trevor Sorbie.

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Entertainment came from the show stopping Cirque Burlesque, Manchester Camerata and the legend that is Rick Astley. Rick Astley belted out ‘Angels on my side’ an uplifting track from his new album and also the 80’s classic ‘Never going to give you up’. At 2pm on a Saturday afternoon I would estimate circa 99% of the crowd were up on their feet singing and dancing. Another perk for a lucky few was the opportunity to pinch Ricks behind…for a small donation to the charity of course!


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Manchester Airport Firemen, in full uniform, were a surprise addition to the runway. They really got in to the event strutting their stuff to whoops of delight from the crowds.

Trevor Sorbie was on of our co-supporter and along with styling the models took time to speak about ‘My New Hair’. After seeing the effect on his sister in law of loosing her hair following treatment he started ‘My new hair’ a wig personalisation service. Along with providing this himself, he also delivers training seminars to enable other hairdressers to offer the service.

Along side the entertainment we also heard from the models about their experience with cancer. Listening to these personal accounts of the effect cancer has on individuals and their loved ones left not a dry eye in the house. They are really inspirational.

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Couple of hours later, and a quick change and we welcomed around 400 for the Maggie’s on the Runway Gala Dinner hosted by Ted Robbins.

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Along with performing at both events, the ladies from Cirque Burlesque had worked with two of the models to create a fabulous number as part of their evening performance. Manchester Camerata returned to the stage, as did Rick Astley with some of the models from the days event taking the opportunity to join him on stage for a boogie.

The events were all about raising much needed funds to keep the new Centre running. Auction lots included a Piaggo Motorbike signed by stars such as Amy Winehouse and Take That, once in a life time day in the Palace of Westminster including walking up to Big Ben with Lord Goddard and a football shirt and boot signed by Ronaldo.

The producer of the event, Margo Cornish received a surprise from Rick Astley, a Points of Light Award from the Prime Ministers Office at 10 Downing Street.  These awards are given to volunteers who are making a difference to their communities.

Maggie’s Centres are across the UK and provide practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. The centre in the grounds of The Christie opened in Withington in April and it’s estimated that 60,000 people will visit every year. Maggie’s relies on voluntary donations to support and grow its network of Centres. Planning has been granted for the next North West centre in Oldham with work due to start soon.

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