Tom Fleming Centre for Performing Arts

It’s Good 2 Give Fashion Show 2014

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What?    It’s Good 2 Give Fashion Show

When?     Sunday 5 October 2014

Where?   The Tom Fleming Centre for the Performing Arts, Queensferry Road, Edinburgh

Time?     4-6pm with a pop up shopping experience in the interval

Cost?       £7 per person – includes a programme – there are also a limited number of VIP tickets at £15 each – these are for front two rows and include a goody bag and programme

After a sabbatical last year because we had a trek up the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, our very special Fashion Show return.

Our models deserve a huge audience and we are aiming for a sellout. 450 guests please!

The models are young cancer patients, their siblings and parents and the professional staff who support them.

Local independent boutiques loan their clothes, hats, styling and services. Already ‘signed up’ are Simply Bridesmaids, SXP designs, Kakao by K, Andiamo, 21st century kilts

We are incredibly grateful to Charlie and Jason Miller for their support -once again they are our hairstylists to our star models.

Tickets can only be bought online – link to the page is here.


It’s Good 2 Give Fashion Show

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What an amazing day Sunday was!

My day started at 6am as I worked on the last of the clipboards for all our volunteer team leaders.   I had been late home on Saturday from another event (in the borders) and had decided to check my emails.  Just as well I did as found out that two of the volunteers were pulling out at the last minute.  Their reasons were disappointing to say the least especially as they are Events Management students.  Hence needing to update the clipboards at 6am!

Packing the car up with all the stuff made me realise we could use a van nowadays for all our ‘stuff’!

We arrived at the school at 10am and were able to have the first hour unpacking and sorting our ‘rooms’ out.  All the boxes were marked with where they were to be put so that bit was relatively easy.   Our refreshment room was first to be set up – Ann and Helen did a great job looking after the models and volunteers. Val who owns Flavour catering and deli at Drumsheugh did us proud with 14 platters of sandwiches for the models and volunteers – they looked lovely and must have been good because there were none left by time show started!

Our 70 models started their day with us at the Charlie Miller hair salon in Stafford Street where they had their hair washed and styled.  It was organised with incredible care by Darlene, Charlie Miller’s PA.  12 stylists supervised by Karen, the Salon Director washed and styled and curled (and laughed and chatted and looked after amazingly well) our models.  Our gratitude to Charlie, Jason and Joshua and their team knows no bounds.  It was a lot to ask them to do and they did so with immense kindness and I really am so very grateful to them.

You can see photos from that part of the day here…

but here is my favourite photo!  (thanks to Jenny, their mum for permission to show you)

After their hair was done, our models made their way to the school (lesson learnt here was to consider putting on a minibus shuttle service between school and salon so that we would get all the models to the school quickly after hair appointment) and went straight into rehearsal.

From rehearsal it was to the make up studio set up by the Academy of Make Up Scotland – Sara Hill, their director,(and winner of UK make-up artist of the year 2012) had pulled out all the stops and brought a dozen make up artists from all  over Scotland to make up our models.  I got sorted too which was lovely including, thanks to some of my models’ insistence, some glittery eyeshadow.  I admit I was worried a 50something woman couldn’t do glitter on eyes but it looked fab.  There is much to be said for having your make up professionally done!

Some of the photos from behind the scenes can be viewed here.

And before you knew it our guests were arriving.

And the show was starting…..

Patron and good friend, Grant Stott did the introductions and I know him quite well now so I also knew he would be mentioning the Panto once or twice (oh Yes he did).   So I had made up a slide for the screens with all the info on the panto so that when he started to mention it Liam, the Centre’s Sound and Lighting Director, put my slide up.   It’s the small things that amuse me – it was great to see Grant’s face when it appeared on screen.

Grant then chatted to his three young co-hosts – Shannon, Laura and Iona.   All know what it is like to go through treatment for cancer and spoke eloquently about their journeys.

Grant also spoke with young Charlie Griffiths – he was our youngest member of Team Pedal for Paul cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh in September.   What a great wee speaker he was too!   (and he got Grant to agree to cycle in our Team next year – well done, Charlie)

As the fashion show is also about raising awareness of the work we do, Grant chatted with 2 parents – Graham Lawson whose wife and daughter were modelling.   His daughter Tabitha is currently fighting cancer – she is doing well so far and looked gorgeous on the catwalk though it has to be said that mum Donella stole the show in her breathtaking red sequin dress!  The other parent was Elaine Whellans – her son Aaron also modelled again this year.  Elaine is one of our trekkers doing Kilimanjaro next year so Grant chatted to her about what we do and about her first big fundraising event which she held the night before.  Considering how hard she had worked organising her own event and attending it, she looked remarkably fresh on the catwalk!  I will tell you more about her event in a separate blog post.

Our young co-hosts introduced each set with immense aplomb and confidence (and a fair amount of humour too).  They really were incredible.

I said that our models and hosts would Sparkle and Shine on that catwalk and that is what they did.

Having the support of independent businesses in the east of Scotland is so important to me and I try very hard to give back lots of support.   These independent businesses bring their own unique style to our city and certainly to our show.

In no particular order I give you

Charlie Miller hairdressing

The Academy of Make up Scotland

The Tom Fleming Centre for Performing Arts

Hamilton & Inches

Simply Bridesmaids

Fifi Wilson

Sam Brown

Kakao by K

Pie in the Sky and Cookie

21st Century Kilts


Little World


Harley Davidson, Edinburgh

and businesses who supported us behind the scenes

Farquhar and Son, printers in Perth

Flavour catering

Zest Skin Solutions

Fishers Restaurants

Inside out Chef

Knockhill Racing circuit

MH Therapies

Kyle McPherson, PT

Curves gyms – Barnton and Stockbridge, Edinburgh

Dunedin Chapter, Harley Davidson


Centotre, 103 George Street, Edinburgh

Kleen Cleaners


During the show we were very lucky to have Olympian and former Mary Erskine pupil, Lynsey Sharp join us on stage.  She joined our tribute to the Olympics set.  ‘Hula hoops were us’.  Lynsey was a great sport (literally) and the children just loved meeting her.  We were also lucky enough to have an Olympic torch.  Bit of a story there too – our good friends at Calum’s Cabin, Caroline, Duncan and Jenna Spiers were the ones loaning it to us originally.  Sadly Jenna came down with a nasty bug the day before the show.   I only found out the morning of the show as my email had been playing up so I put out a tweet to see if anyone could loan us one at short notice.  Wonderfully I got offered two!  We were sorry that Jenna couldn’t be with us and wish her a speedy recovery and are very grateful to Lea Harris for loaning us her son’s torch.  It was quite something to hold an Olympic torch actually!

Our fashion show now wouldn’t be complete without the humour and gorgeous-ness that is Scott Hastings!   Scott gives up his Sunday afternoon to join us in our last set and this year was the ‘groom’ in our wedding set.   He is a lovely man and his humour, kindness and sense of fun is perfect for our catwalk.

Here’s a link to another photo album on flickr.

Finally, I have to say a huge thank you to the wonderful volunteers who came along and gave of their time to support our show – It was a massive show with many aspects to it and our volunteer team were superb.    You are very much appreciated!







Sparkle and Shine Fashion Show 2012

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What?   Our annual Fashion Spectacular!

Where?  The Tom Fleming Centre for the Performing Arts, Erskine Stewart’s Melville School

When?  Sunday 4 November 2012

Time?   4pm till 6.30pm

Cost?   £10 per ticket – buy four or more and it’s only £5 per ticket


Our fashion show returns for another successful show.   The models are booked and are so looking forward to this year’s show too.  As ever we support and promote local independent businesses.  Our young organising team are far advanced in their planning – some of the music is chosen and the tickets  have been designed by one of our Young Ambassadors, Michaela Waddell.

Our wonderful Patron, Grant Stott, is chuffed to bits to be hosting the event again this year with young co-hosts Laura, Shannon and Iona.

NATALIA CATECHIS AND FRIENDS SINGING AS E S#arp acapella group. They are quite remarkable and a great addition to our show. Nati is also one of our models.

This is a show well worth supporting!

Tickets can  be booked by contacting Lynne

(credit card facilities available now if you buy over the phone or in person – 50p added to ticket price to cover our costs)

Welcome to the Academy of Make-up Scotland

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We are delighted to have The Academy of Make up Scotland helping us at our fashion show (Sunday 6 November 4-6pm tickets selling fast, get yours soon – they are only a fiver each) at the Tom Fleming Centre for the Performing Arts, Edinburgh.

What a coup!   How did we do that?  Well……you see, the fantasic Anna Freemantle,  international model is advising us on our show and has introduced to a number of wonderful contacts and it is she who has asked the Academy if they would help us.

Thank you guys – we really appreciate it.

Founder Sara Hill tells us

“The Academy of Make-up Scotland where we offer fast track training courses for those looking to become make-up artists or session hair stylists.

The Academy of Make-up was founded by make-up artist Sara Hill in 2011. Sara responded to the need for a professional quality, fast track make-up artistry school based in Scotland previously only found in London and overseas.

After seeing so many talented artists relocating to London to train and gain work as I did, I decided toreturn home to Scotland and open the first academy of it’s kind.

Make-up artistry continually changes with seasonal trends, evolving techniques and new products. I believe training methods should also evolve to keep up-to-date with current methods. Make-up and session hair styling is an art form which takes inspiration from the world around us. At the academy we encourage students to explore creativity and design new exciting concepts of their own.”


Fashion show update

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Meet three of our fashion show organising team

from left to right – Kirsty Newlands, Michaela Waddell and Ruth Marshall.

Doing a grand job this week with our plans for the show.  This photo shows them working on the programme for the show – the tickets are at the printers and will be ready during next week.  Then its down to us to sell, sell, sell and fill the Tom Fleming Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday 6 November!