Sunday, 26 September 2021

Olympians join Paul Daniels for charity show

ROWERS traded the water for the catwalk when they took part in a charity fashion show.

ROWERS traded the water for the catwalk when they took part in a charity fashion show.

Double Olympic silver medallist Debbie Flood, London 2012 bronze medallist Will Satch and world champion Matt Gotrel were among the models who took part in the show at Phyllis Court Club.

The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge to raise money for the Chiltern Centre for disabled children and Rotary charities.

Satch, Gotrel and fellow rowers Josh Alfred and Alex Douglas modelled outfits provided by Laurence Menswear in Duke Street.

They beamed at the audience as they walked down the catwalk and there were whoops of delight when Douglas took off his blazer.

Flood was decked out in a hooded mackintosh from Boatique in Friday Street as she took to the stage with the shop?s owner Gillian Nahum and interior designer Niki Schäfer.

The wet weather-themed collection was accompanied by Raindrops Keep Fallin? On My Head.

Other models included Deputy Mayor Jeni Wood and students from The Henley College. Clothes were also provided by Barbara Easton, Country Casuals, Drystar, Gerry Weber, Little West 11 and VIAJIYU, Liz Felix Millinery and Noa Noa.

More than 150 people attended the show, which was compered by magician Paul Daniels and his wife Debbie McGee, who live in Wargrave.

The duo, who were invited by friend and Rotarian Ben Lambourne, performed a card trick for the audience before introducing the first models.

Guests received a goody bag with gifts including chocolates, make-up and vouchers for shops in the town.

Jane Ainslie, fund-raiser for the Chiltern Centre, said: ?We are really privileged to be chosen as the charity for this event.

?I can?t say a big enough thank-you to the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge because I know a lot of work goes into organising something like this.?

The show is expected to have raised about £3,000.

Organiser Mike Pooley said: ?We were very pleased with the turnout and everyone seemed to have a good time. Everyone I spoke to said it was a fun night.?

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