Giving orphaned kids a big boost

Design students at Blackpool and the Fylde College are busy creating outfits from recycled clothes for a fashion show in aid of the charity Operation Orphan.'Pictured with their creations are L-R: Xueer Xing, Ellen Craggs, Aimee Daly and Jade Armstrong.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'4-3-2015
Design students at Blackpool and the Fylde College are busy creating outfits from recycled clothes for a fashion show in aid of the charity Operation Orphan.'Pictured with their creations are L-R: Xueer Xing, Ellen Craggs, Aimee Daly and Jade Armstrong. PIC BY ROB LOCK'4-3-2015
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These students are using their passion for fashion to help orphaned children across the world.

The youngsters, from the School of Creative Arts and Digital Industries at Blackpool and The Fylde College, are busy putting together collections for a special fashion show.

The event will take place at the Village Heron’s Reach Hotel in Blackpool, on Monday, and will feature models from all walks of life showing clothing lines designed by the students, as well as new and pre-loved clothing, which they have been collecting.

There will also be a boutique, along with the catwalk show, and a few treats for those attending. The evening will raise money for the charity Operation Orphan.

Operation Orphan is a UK-based charity, which provides help, support and care to orphans across the world – including countries such as Ghana, Zimbabwe, Serbia and Uganda.

Its work includes providing access to education and health care, providing poverty relief, and helping with sustainable development. Among its projects is one to help children in Sierra Leone orphaned by Ebola.

As the charity is sponsored by Lytham-based company Danbro, 100 per cent of money donated and raised goes to its projects.

Fashion students from the level 3 course at the college, through to degree level, have voluntarily helped out at workshops, making products such as bags and cushions to sell on the night and raise more funds.

Angy Young, programme leader for fashion and costume, said: “I was contacted by Cyrilyn Moore, director of Operation Orphan last summer, to discuss a collaborative project.

“She was already developing an event at the Village Hotel in Nottingham and had been given the go-ahead to organise one here in Blackpool.

“We used the project to drive an assignment with our first year students, who created a collection of revamped clothing for the catwalk, which they will be modelling at the event.

“We are happy to support and work with Operation Orphan.

“Not only is it a fantastic cause, but taking part in a collaborative event such as this encourages the students to be more enterprising and improves their employability.

“I would encourage everyone to come and support the event and maybe pick up some creative and original items from the fashion designers of the future.”

Student Rosie Axon, 17, on the Level 3 Extended Diplomas in Fashion and Clothing course, said: “We were given the brief to transform menswear into womenswear. I’ve created a look for the catwalk, using downtown New York as my inspiration and given a modern twist to typical working men’s dungarees, using a monochrome palette with pops of yellow.

“It’s important to support Operation Orphan as they create brighter futures for those in need.

“I got the clothes for my collection from charity shops and all the items we are selling at the event are up-cycled, so we are doing our bit and learning new skills.”

Coursemate Toon Intharason, 18, said: “The outfit I have created is a clash between formal and street – it symbolises the young mother’s transition into an adult and is inspired by south east Asia.

“Working with Operation Orphan is a great opportunity. I love helping people who are less fortunate.

“I’m excited about the fashion show and I hope we can raise a lot of money.”

Doors open for the fashion night at 7.30pm, with the catwalk show starting at 8pm.

Tickets cost £6 and are available from 08432 16 3838 or www.operationorphanonline.