30 April 2012
Hosts Jane and Shay Given rolled out the red carpet at The Point at Lancashire County Cricket Club on 1 May to welcome a host of superstars from the worlds of music, football, food and entertainment to their annual Fashion Kicks fundraiser, which raised in excess of £200,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and local charities.
Presented by Dawn Porter, the evening kicked off with a Champagne reception, before guests were treated to an incredible fashion show hosted by Selfridges which featured Premier League ‘models’ including Shay, Darren Bent, Joe Hart, Emile Heskey, Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, Adam Johnson, Gareth Barry and Kolo Toure.
Guests then enjoyed an exquisite dinner created by a line up of Britain’s leading chefs including Paul Heathcote and Nigel Haworth, before being entertained by Got To Dance winners Irish Dance group Prodijig, who appeared before the impressive charity auction. The evening culminated in a sensational set by multi-million record selling boyband Westlife, who gave their final charity concert to a delighted Fashion Kicks audience, which included Louis Walsh, Chris O’Dowd and a host of Premier League players including James Milner, Nigel de Jong, Pablo Zabaleta and Stephen Warnock.
Republic of Ireland & Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, a patron of Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
‘Tonight’s Fashion Kicks event was the best ever! My wife Jane and I are absolutely delighted to have raised £200,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and causes close to our heart. Jane has worked incredibly hard to organise this event, and we’d also especially like to thank Westlife, Dawn Porter, Prodijig and all our guests for their generous support. We hope to be able to reach our goal of helping Macmillan and the local charities reach and support even more people who need it most’.
For more information about Fashion Kicks see fashionkicks.org.uk or follow @fashion_kicks on twitter #fashionkicks.
For more information please contact:
Susie Richardson – PR Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support
Tel: 020 7840 7809 / 07740 927173
Notes to Editors
About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. More than one in three of us get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.
About Beechwood Cancer Care Centre in Stockport
Beechwood Cancer Care Centre has used the money raised via the Fashion Kicks event to increase its specialised assistance to family members - especially children and teenagers. These funds have enabled the refurbishment of extra dedicated space and increased staffing to ensure help and support is offered to anyone affected by Cancer or other life limiting illness via one to one talk time and group sessions.
About Chefs ‘Adopt a School’ project
Chefs Adopt a School is the Academy of Culinary Arts' charitable long-term project which, through a 'hands-on' approach, focuses on developing an essential understanding of 'taste' and teaches children about the pleasures of eating, the provenance of ingredients and the processes by which raw materials are transformed into food. As well as providing a solid basis for learning life skills, it is hoped that this will encourage them to experiment for themselves.