Raising charity cash with fashion and fizz

The Pear Tree Fund

A fun-packed evening of fashion and fizz held at a popular Suffolk pub has been heralded a success after raising nearly £800 for the Pear Tree Fund.

The Queen’s Head at Bramfield organised the fashion show on Friday (26 April) after choosing the fund, which was formerly known as Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund, as its charity of the year.

Raising charity cash with fashion and fizz

It featured runway shows from Donnatella’s of Oulton Broad and Gorleston, while Cabello Salon of Halesworth styled the models’ hair and Peter Eyles, from Another Angle Studios in Lowestoft took photographs. A range of local independent retailers also held stalls and donated a percentage of their profits to the charity, while a grand raffle was also held, with prizes including dinner at The Queen’s Head, gifts from Donnatella’s, a magnum donated by Majestic Wines and award-winning Adnams gin.

The fashion show was the first in a series of special events planned by the pub to raise money for the Pear Tree Fund. Profits from the sale of a frangipane and pear tart which is currently on the pudding menu will also go towards the charity, while a music quiz, book sale and family quiz will take place later in the year. The Queen’s Head will also sell a trio of homemade chutneys to boost the coffers still further during July.

Raising charity cash with fashion and fizz

“We were delighted with the support we received for the evening, which was a fun opportunity to raise money for this fantastic, hard-working local charity,” said Kate Wood, owner of The Queen’s Head. “Our thanks go to our fabulous catwalk models, everyone who donated raffle prizes or volunteered to help on the evening and those who came along to enjoy the show. We look forward to seeing you all at our next fundraiser in May!”

Ted Edwards, Pear Tree Fund trustee, said: “We would like to pass on our thanks to Kate and her team at the Queen’s Head, and to everyone who made Friday’s fashion show such a success. We are incredibly grateful for the fantastic support we receive from our local community, which makes a real difference to vulnerable local people when they need it the most.”

The next event at the Queen’s Head will be a big charity music quiz, which takes place on Sunday 26 May from 7pm. Team of up to six will be welcome.

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