Elderly people will show teenagers the ropes this winter when they put their best foot forward in a great show of women power at a glittering charity fashion show.
Girls from 15-years-old to members of the Holme Valley Sharing Memories group and their friends aged up to almost 90 will strike poses together on the catwalk, to prove that age is certainly no barrier to being a sought after model.
It will certainly be a night to remember at The Old Canteen in Shelley on Wednesday, December 3 when the runway lights up as part of a major 20th anniversary fundraising project for the group, which will see all models don Italian and high street brands.
And one member, 83-year-old Daphne London, who joined the group when she moved to the area, cannot wait to join the line up on the night.
The Hepworth resident, said: “I must say I’m a little bit nervous at my age but looking forward to giving it a go. The last time I was on a catwalk was when I was in my 20s so it will be nice to relive the experience.
“And it’s going to be a great chance to work with young people and try on clothes that I otherwise may not have considered because of my age, as well as being a good confidence boost to everyone taking part.”
The event is the brainchild of the group’s project manager, Sally Brown, who has already enlisted 10 models of all ages – a number she hopes will rise if more members of the group decide to give it a go.
She said: “I got the idea after I met a woman called Heather who puts on pop up shows and thought it would be a great way to spend an evening.
“It’s a chance for everyone, both young and old, to learn a new skill and meet people of different ages to themselves.
“We are an ‘inter generational’ group who focus on giving older people the opportunity to work and build relationships with younger generations by going into schools and this is a new way in which we can bring people together.
“I think its important to make these connections because older people in our area can get quite isolate if they are living alone, either because of the surrounding environment or if their families aren’t around and we find that younger people respond really well to the group.”
She hopes that the night will raise as much money as possible for the Holme Valley Sharing Memories group, which they will use to try secure its future.
The group has also launched another fundraising bid in which anyone who donates £10 will see their donation doubled by funding facilitator, Local Giving.
Tickets for the show, which cost £10 and include a glass of wine, juice and nibbles, are available from Sally on 07950 870864 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make a donation, go to www.localgiving.com and search Holme Valley Sharing Memories.