Thanks for the Memory

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A GROUP of local women have organised a charity fashion show to raise money for a cause close to their hearts.

Carol Shea, along with Hilary Hayes, Jane Cook, Anne Stenhouse and Veronica Whittaker, have formed fundraising group Thanks for the Memory and are holding a fabulous fashion show in Aberdeen on June 11 to raise cash for Alzheimer Scotland.

The women, who come from Stonehaven, Fettercairn, Auchenblae and Westhill, are inviting fashionable women from across Aberdeen City and Shire to come along to the event and browse a wide range of current and vintage clothing, which has been seldom or never worn, at Kippie Lodge, Milltimber from 10am to 3pm.

Entry to the event is £2 per person, and includes a cup of tea or coffee.

The TFTM team has done all the hard work of acquiring, sorting and displaying a wide range of quality ladies clothing, bags, shoes, hats, scarves and jewellery, all of which will be on offer from as little as £5.

And as an added bonus, talented North-east designer and dressmaker Vessi Preston of Hameleon Fashion Design will be on hand to offer advice on how best to customise pieces, while Hilary Hayes of Seasons Fabric Service can help you find the perfect fabric to match or compliment your new purchase.

Organiser Carol Shea said that the choice of charity was an easy one.

“During one of our gatherings we became focused on this increasingly prevalent concern and the growing number of people we all knew either suffering from this debilitating condition or caring for a sufferer.

“We all decided we wanted to do more than talk about it, so Thanks for the Memory was born, to reflect both the nature of the illness and the liberation of previously loved possessions.”

Carol added: “This day is the opportunity to dress well for less. We know re-cycling feels good and does good - now it can help us look good too! The event on June 11 will focus on bringing together two strands - helping friends and clients de-clutter their wardrobe and raising money for support and research into what is a distressing, little understood and greatly underfunded issue.

“We are a grateful to the support of many shops and businesses in Stonehaven, Laurencekirk, Aberdeen and surrounding areas and immensely grateful to a mystery benefactor whose support will mean as much money as possible raised on the day will go to the cause.”

Alzheimer Scotland Service Manager Sarah Duff said: “I am delighted that Alzheimer Scotland has been the charity chosen as all local support is funded by donations.

“The proceeds from the sale will go to the local South Aberdeenshire Service of Alzheimer Scotland, which provides one-to-one support at home for people with dementia and also carer support groups, day care and social groups. The social groups include walking groups, relaxation classes, exercise class, dementia café and a photography group.”

For further information about the local service please phone 01569 792068.

Doors open from 10am to 3pm, and there will also be a raffle held during the day.

There will be no facilities to process card payments, so organisers kindly ask that cash or cheque is used for purchases.