We regularly receive invitations to take part in charity events and requests for contributions to good causes, both local and much further afield. The energy, enthusiasm and dedication of the organisers and fundraisers never fail to impress, but as a small business, we obviously can't commit to supporting many of them and simply have to wish them well.
We recently received a lovely email from the events coordinator of the Psychology Society at the University of Surrey asking if we might participate in a 'Through the Decades' vintage fashion show in memory of a much loved lecturer to raise funds for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham, Surrey. It will take place on Tuesday 19th May, at 7pm, in the Students' Union, Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7XH. Tickets cost £5 and all proceeds will be donated to the hospice.
"Lynne Millward was previously the Director of Undergraduate Studies. She very sadly passed away from cancer in 2012 in the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. Lynne was an inspiration to students and staff alike - she was an excellent lecturer, was an excellent colleague for the staff, and she is very much missed by the department. The staff at the University have been very touched by the way in which a wish to fund raise for the hospice that cared for her has been passed from cohort to cohort, even now that the large majority of our students never had the opportunity to be taught by Lynne. Thus, it is for this reason we are hosting a charity show to raise money for the hospice that was so deeply kind to our very sadly missed lecturer."
Now those who know the frockers well will already be aware of how committed we are to supporting hospice care, having seen the work of dedicated hospice staff at first hand ourselves in the not very distant past, and we have previously taken part in a fundraising fashion show for the Perth based Cornhill Macmillan Hospice. As big supporters of education charities, we also recognise the importance of inspirational teachers in bringing out students' full potential. Lynne Millward was obviously one such inspirational teacher and colleague.
Given that it would be unrealistic for us to travel 500 miles ourselves, we are sending this vintage Furla designer silk scarf to auction or raffle on the day.
If any of our local customers or readers can make it along to support this worthy cause, you are unlikely to be disappointed. In addition to the fashion show, there will be vintage stalls, a vintage inspired tea party and even a vintage pop up photo booth!
We hope the event is a great success and look forward to posting an update on how it all went.