Local models, students and fashion brands helped raise more than £3,500 for Teesside Airport’s deserving charity partners after featuring on its newest runway in a dazzling fashion show.
More than 100 people from across the region attended the airport’s first ever catwalk event, bringing in thousands of pounds for Alice House Hospice, Great North Air Ambulance Service and MFC Foundation.
Work with the three charities began in March 2021 to support their fundraising, increase awareness of their work across our region, provide new resources and to increase cross-partnership opportunities. To back the organisations, the airport has set up several donation boxes in the terminal for unwanted foreign currency and held a programme of fundraising Christmas carol concerts performed by local schools, ahead of a calendar of events planned for this year.
The event, organised in partnership with local fashion brand House of Zana, aimed to provide an opportunity for people from across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool to see some of the best local talent from the world of fashion while giving a platform to each charity to help raise funds and explain their great causes.
Students from the Academy of Performing and Technical Arts (APTA) at Stockton Riverside College supported the event by showing off their own fashion creations, providing hair and make-up for all models and recording the night with film and photography.
It was an evening to celebrate local producers as well as fundraising, as ticket holders were greeted by reception drinks supported by local gin and vodka producer Revelry Spirits before picking up a goody bag full of offers from shops and services from across the region. A pop-up shopping area hosted local fashion, homeware, food and drink plus luxury accessories for guests to pick up ahead of the event.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, who watched the show with his wife Rachel, said: “With the airport’s recent multimillion-pound transformation, it was only right that a second runway was needed – even if it was inside the terminal and used to show off our great local fashion brands.
“It’s been a fantastic night in aid of these brilliant charities who do such great work across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool. I’m proud to see so many people come out and support such great causes.
“Our local students have also shown a huge amount of talent and confidence with what they’ve achieved, and we’ve also been able to give our fantastic local businesses and creators a boost by showing off their products.”
MFC Foundation’s Alan Geddes, on behalf of the airport charity partnership, said: “It’s been a unique experience to put on a fashion show inside an airport. It’s been a brilliant evening with some really great local talent on show. Our thanks go to everyone that came along and donated as part of the charity raffle; the amount raised will go a long way supporting our causes.”
Amber Kotrri, from House of Zana and Rejoy, said: “The airport fashion show was a huge success, and we all had a great time watching the models strut their stuff on the catwalk. We got to show off some of the brilliant products made by people from across the region and back their businesses, all the while helping out three fantastic local charities. This just shows how Teesside Airport is more than flights, and is becoming a real supporter of the community, our companies, students and people.”
Guests also took home some fantastic raffle prizes such as flights to London with Loganair, Psyche shopping vouchers, a signed MFC shirt, an iPad courtesy of Cornerstone Business Solutions and items from featured fashion brands. The evening ended in true style with each charity mascot strutting their stuff on the catwalk. The soundtrack for the night was provided by Jordan at Block Rockin Events.