6 March 2012
Boyband to play intimate charity event before farewell tour
Republic of Ireland and Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given and his wife Jane are delighted to announce that the most successful boyband of the last decade Westlife will headline their star studded Fashion Kicks event taking place on Tuesday 1 May at The Point, Manchester, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, Beechwood Cancer Care Centre Stockport and the Chefs Adopt a School Project.
Watch a clip of Westlife’s Nicky Byrne announcing the news here.
Fashion Kicks will kick off with a glitzy champagne reception, followed by a fashion show hosted by Selfridges and featuring a host of Premier League stars. Guests will then be treated to a lavish dinner created by some of Britain’s leading celebrity chefs and restaurateurs Paul Heathcote, Nigel Haworth, Paul Rankin, Terry Laybourne and The Ritz’s John Williams. Dinner will be followed by a glittering charity auction, with the evening culminating in a dazzling set by 44million record selling boyband Westlife who will be accompanied on stage by a full live band.
Shay Given, a patron of Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
‘With the combination of fabulous food, fashion, footballers and amazing entertainment from Westlife, we’re confident that Fashion Kicks 2012 will be our best ever! My wife Jane and I are absolutely thrilled that since 2004 our Fashion Kicks events have raised a staggering £1million for Macmillan Cancer Support and local charities, and we’re hoping to raise another £200,000 this year so they can reach and support more people’.
Westlife stars Kian, Mark, Nicky and Shane say:
‘We are delighted to be once again taking part in Fashion Kicks. This year will be a memorable one for us and it is gratifying to know as Westlife draws to a close that we have helped Shay and Jane in some small way over the years. Their commitment to their charity is truly inspiring and we are looking forward to entertaining the Fashion Kicks audience on May 1st in Manchester’.
Anne Pitcher, Managing Director of Selfridges, says:
‘Once again Selfridges is delighted to support Fashion Kicks, the charity that supports Macmillan Cancer Support, Beechwood Cancer Care Centre Stockport and the Adopt a School Project. Our third year promises to be spectacular as we create a showcase for our designer wear, in what has now become a highlight in Manchester's calendar. We look forward to raising as much funding as possible for these worthwhile causes with an this inspiring event in a city where people are so passionate about both football and fashion.’
Gold tables for the event are priced £2500 per table of ten, with VIP platinum tables available at £5,000 for ten people, including strictly limited and exclusive access to the VIP after-party.
Those wishing to support Macmillan can text FASH12 £3 to 70070 to donate to Macmillan Cancer Support and ensure you Gift Aid your donation and include your email address to be in with a chance of winning a VIP Fashion Kicks package** including invaluable tickets to the Manchester derby and a VIP evening at Fashion Kicks. Alternatively enter online at fashionkicks.org.uk.
For all enquiries and ticket sales please see fashionkicks.org.uk or macmillan.org.uk/fashionkicks and for latest news follow @fashion_kicks on twitter.
To attend the red carpet, or for interview requests, contact:
Susie Richardson – PR Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support
Tel: 020 7840 7809 / 07740 927173
Notes to Editors:
*- Entrants must be 18 years or over. Competition closes Monday 23rd April, 5pm. Any entries received after this date will be a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Text messages are free to send on all networks and Macmillan gets 100% of every donation (plus 25% with Gift Aid). Please make sure you obtain the bill payer’s permission.
**- VIP Fashion Kicks Package prize includes:
2 x tickets to Manchester City vs. Manchester United on 30 April 2012
2 x VIP tickets to Fashion Kicks on 1 May at The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club (VIP tickets include front row Selfridges Fashion Show tickets and entry to the VIP After Party)
1 signed glove and shirt from Shay Given and the opportunity to have your photo taken with him on the night
2 x £250 Selfridges Vouchers
A meal for two at Aubaine Restaurant, Selfridges
A two night hotel break (Monday 30 April to Wednesday 2 May) for two at a luxurious Manchester hotel
Chaffeur driven car to and from Fashion Kicks 2012
About Fashion Kicks VIP Competition:
To enter the competition and donate £3 please text FASH12 £3 to 70070 or enter online at fashionkicks.org.uk entrants must be 18 or over.
The prize includes:
1 Pair of VIP Fashion Kicks 2012 tickets (worth £1000), 2 x £250 Selfridges vouchers, meal for 2 at the Aubaine restaurant Selfridges (courtesy of Selfridges), a chauffeur to and from the event, a signed pair of gloves and a shirt both signed by Shay Given (to be presented to the winner on the night, and photo taken with him) and a hotel room for the evening.
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.