Fashion for a Reason with The Teenage Cancer Trust & Harvey Nichols

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Last Wednesday saw us at Harvey Nichols in Manchester for the Teenage Cancer Trust‘s Fashion Show. The show was called Fashion For A Reason and showcased the work the Teenage Cancer Trust does in the North West with young people living with cancer. The event also promoted the Trust’s Cinderella Project.

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It was hosted by 19-year-old Olivia Cork, who was recently nominated for Cheshire Woman of the Year, alongside Ministry of Sound DJ James “Caino” Cain.

Olivia was 14 when she was diagnosed with bone cancer. She was treated on our unit at Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool, undergoing three cycles of chemotherapy and subsequently had her right leg amputated.

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The event was supported by Harvey Nichols, Smooth FM, Boss Model Management, Barclays Bank and Lloyds Bank. We did the official photography as our contribution and Pete Baxter at Northwest Productions shot the videos.

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Best friends Callum Ballantine and Samir Kamani presented their fashion label Made from Manchester, a unique clothing line which offers which offers men’s and women’s T-shirts sporting iconic Manchester slogans. The T-shirts were modelled on the night by the TCT crew and can be purchased online. All profits go to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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On the Northern Belle with CAFT and Noddy Holder

On September 4th we went on the Northern Belle, the luxury train which is the UK arm of the company which owns the more famous Venice-Simplon Orient Express. The trip was organised as a fund raiser by the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT) and was hosted by CAFT patron and rock legend Noddy Holder and his wife, Suzan.

Fifty six guests enjoyed a five course fine dining menu with wine and excellent service form the Northern Belle’s stewards, with entertainment provided by Gravity Live, including an acapella trio, violinists, magicians, jugglers, and contortionists, entertained everyone as the Northern Belle toured the Northwest and the Pennines before returning to Manchester Victoria Station via Carnforth (forever famous as the location for the Classic film Brief Encounter.

The evening raised £16500 for CAFT. If you’d like to find out more about The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust or about their amazing fundraising events, please call the office on 01565 830053 or visit the CAFT website.

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Justin Moorhouse & The Children's Adventure Farm Trust

A couple of weeks ago Helen, the press officer at the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust asked me to pop in to take some photos of comedian Justin Moorhouse and the cow he had donated to CAFT.

CAFT is a fantastic charity and I’ve been helping them with event photography for their charity fundraising events over the last couple of years and it’s been a real pleasure to be able to help them in a small way. They need to raise £1 million each year and they don’t receive any statutory funding.

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CAFT provides a variety of programmes for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West.

The needs of the children visiting The Adventure Farm range from complex and severe physical and learning disabilities, sensory impairments and terminal illnesses through to children who act as Carers for a family member, those dealing with bereavement and children who have been victims of abuse.

The Adventure Farm is a lifeline to children who are in desperate need. CAFT brings a little light and fun into the lives of children who have known terrible hardships at such an early age.

Helen Crowther, CAFT’s press officer and one of trust’s fundrasers told me “Justin is a long-standing supporter of our charity, he regularly aids our fundraising and spreads the word about the amazing work we do here at CAFT. It was no surprise therefore when he called me concerning a donation, but what I wasn’t expecting was that it would be a cow! We’re not a working farm so it was a relief to discover that this particular cow was fairly low maintenance and we gratefully accepted his very kind offer.

The cow has now been put out to pasture up near our pond and has quickly become one of the star attractions on our amazing 10 acre site. She joins a whole herd of animals including miniature donkeys, ducks, chickens, budgies and quails, helping us to provide a stimulating and fun environment for disabled, ill and disadvantaged children from all over the North West.

This was also a great opportunity for us to spread the word about our work, and to let everyone know how supportive Justin is of our work. Andrew is always on hand to help us and he didn’t hesitate for a moment when I needed a photographer to take some pics of Justin with the cow which I’ll be including in Press Releases and on our own blog page on our website. Thanks Andrew, you’re a star!”

The news story appeared in the Manchester Evening News and on the Knutsford Guardian website on Monday August 3rd, 2015.

If you’d like to find out more about CAFT or would like to make a donation please visit their website or call 01565 830053.