fashion show

Players take to the catwalk

by Sunderland AFC

Glittering 'Fashion Strikes' event taking place tonight.

North-east football stars are preparing to strike a pose to raise money for a regional charity.

Members of Sunderland's first team will hit the catwalk later today as part of ‘Fashion Strikes’ at the Stadium of Light.

The fifth annual fundraising event, which this year has an ‘All that Jazz’ theme, is being held to raise money for the club’s official charity, the Foundation of Light.

This isn’t something I’m used to doing but we all know what an amazing charity the Foundation is so the lads are keen to get involved

- Fletcher on catwalk bow

During the evening, members of the first team squad, including striker Steven Fletcher, Lee Cattermole and derby goalscoring hero Fabio Borini, will be strutting their stuff alongside professional models. 

Players not taking part in the catwalk show will host tables at the event, which also features live entertainment and a special fundraising auction.

A number of youngsters who have benefited from the Foundation’s award-winning education and health programmes will also take to the catwalk in a special ‘Kids Fashion Show’.

Guests can bid for some amazing items in the auction, including signed shirts from Barcelona star and World Footballer of the Year, Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-night holiday in Dubai and a festive feast prepared by a top chef.

All proceeds from the event will be used to support the Foundation’s wide range of education and sports-based programmes, which benefit more than 42,000 young people and families across the North East every year.

Lesley Spuhler, Foundation of Light CEO, said: “Fashion Strikes is a key fixture in our fundraising calendar and something everyone looks forward to. 

"This years’ event has been made possible thanks to the support of  Sunderland AFC, the players, intu Metrocentre, 3663, Holler Watches, Porsche and Dunelm Glass and we thank them wholeheartedly for helping us to make a difference to the lives of so many young people and their families.”

Striker Steven Fletcher, who will take to the catwalk for the first time on Monday night, said: “This isn’t something I’m used to doing but we all know what an amazing charity the Foundation is so the lads are keen to get involved.

“Hopefully we can raise a lot of money on the night to help the Foundation continue to great work they do in the local community.”