Fashion Strikes

Charity fashion show raises thousands

by Stuart Vose

Players take to the catwalk in aid of Foundation of Light.

Members of Sunderland’s playing staff took a turn on the catwalk for charity at last night’s Fashion Strikes show.

The Montgomery Suite at the Stadium of Light was packed out for the event, which is in its sixth year and raises vital funds for the Foundation of Light.

Guests including head coach Gus Poyet and the entire first-team squad saw a host of players take to the catwalk, with early figures suggesting more than £40,000 has been raised.

Winger Adam Johnson – one of those strutting his stuff – is a Fashion Strikes veteran and was delighted to be able to help out at this year’s event.

The Foundation of Light is such a fantastic charity and does so much great work across the region. It’s something every Sunderland fan should be proud of

- Adam Johnson

“The Foundation of Light is such a fantastic charity and does so much great work across the region,” he said.

“It’s something every Sunderland fan should be proud of.”

As well as the adult catwalk show, in which the players and professional models wore clothes and accessories from intu MetroCentre and Holler Watches, Fashion Strikes also included a special children’s fashion show, featuring youngsters who have participated in the Foundation of Light’s ground-breaking education and health programmes.

Guests at the All that Jazz-themed evening enjoyed an Italian-style meal provided by Gateshead-based catering specialists 3663.

An auction also took place with prizes including a five-star trip to Dubai, donated by Sunderland-based holiday firm Hays Faraway and a chance to cook with celebrity chef Marco Pierre White.

There was also a high-end car display courtesy of Newcastle Porsche, live entertainment and a market zone, selling everything from jewellery to food.

All proceeds from the event will  be used to fund the Foundation of Light’s wide range of sport and education-based programmes, which benefit more than 42,000 young people and families across the north east every year.

Lesley Spuhler, chief executive at the Foundation of Light, said:  “Fashion Strikes is one of the Foundation of Light’s most popular fundraising events and, with the support of the club, players and sponsors, this year has been our biggest and best yet.

“A huge thank you to everyone involved in making this event possible, the proceeds from which will have a real impact on local communities.”