£36,000 raised and counting! Sue Ryder, Lloyds and LCF host sustainable fashion show

03 Nov 2023

After more than 8 months of planning, this week we joined forces with Lloyds Bank and partnered with London College of Fashion (LCF) for a special sustainable fashion show, featuring pre-loved clothes from our Sue Ryder shops.

One hundred and fifty talented students from LCF repurposed items from Sue Ryder’s London charity shops to make unique outfits, as part of their foundation degree.

The creative designs were showcased on the catwalk at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in the City of London.

The winning student design were selected by:

  • Rene Macdonald, Head Designer, Founder and Creative Director at Lisou
  • Shelly Vella, Fashion Editor for YOU magazine

The winning student will be invited to spend a day on set at Lisou’s next campaign shoot and will be awarded a selection of vouchers.

Pre-loved items from Sue Ryder shops and designs from the Rococo Luxe collection were also styled into striking outfits, which were modelled on the catwalk by our amazing staff and volunteers from across Sue Ryder, alongside our valued colleagues from Lloyds Bank.

Storyboards around the venue showcased our work, bringing this to life by sharing the experiences of people who have been supported by Sue Ryder’s care.

The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Nicholas Lyons, opened the evening with a speech as part of City Giving Day. His speech celebrated the transformational impact of bringing together businesses, employees, communities and charities, while highlighting Sue Ryder’s essential work.

The evening also featured a speech from Heidi Travis, Chief Executive Officer, sharing with guests our vision to create a society that supports everyone through dying and grief, as well as the importance of sustainability in our Sue Ryder shops. This was followed by speeches from Janet Pope, Sustainability Director at Lloyds, and Kelly Dearsley Associate Dean at LCF.

Reduce, reuse and recycle

We want to inspire everyone to reduce, reuse and recycle to help make sure the planet – and everyone on it – can be cared for. By shopping for pre-loved items at Sue Ryder, people can help reduce landfill and avoid the need for new items to be manufactured.

Colleagues from our retail team created a beautiful pop-up shop at the event venue, offering guests the chance to shop for pre-loved items. With some beautiful items on offer, guests were thrilled to find pre-loved pieces to add to their wardrobes. A silent auction and raffle also offered guests the chance to win an exciting range of prizes.

The event showcased our Sue Ryder values in action, with colleagues supporting each other throughout and demonstrating their impact in coming together to create an amazing evening.

Not only did we raise awareness of Sue Ryder’s work, but over £36,000 has been raised for Sue Ryder so far!

If you are interested in learning about corporate partnership contact our team.

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