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Models spice up catwalk with autumn colours as Milsom Hotels and Fenwick Colchester fashion show at Kesgrave Hall raises £6k for Suffolk charity GeeWizz

PUBLISHED: 13:13 20 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:43 20 September 2017

Geraldine Milsom's fashion show in collaboration with Fenwick, which is raising funds for Gina Long's GeeWizz charity.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Geraldine Milsom's fashion show in collaboration with Fenwick, which is raising funds for Gina Long's GeeWizz charity. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Vibrantly dressed models brought a splash of autumn colour to the catwalk at a sold out fashion show set on collecting thousands of pounds for a Suffolk based charity.

Geraldine Milsom's fashion show in collaboration with Fenwick, which is raising funds for Gina Long's GeeWizz charity.  L-R Gina Long, Geraldine Milsom and Julie Hayward (Fenwicks).  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNGeraldine Milsom's fashion show in collaboration with Fenwick, which is raising funds for Gina Long's GeeWizz charity. L-R Gina Long, Geraldine Milsom and Julie Hayward (Fenwicks). Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

More than 200 women gathered at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall this afternoon for the Fenwick and Milsom Hotels Fashion Show hosted to raise cash for the GeeWizz Charitable Foundation.

Showcasing Fenwick Colchester’s new collection, models took to the catwalk in The Hangar section of the venue.

Guest arrive before the show.  L-R Amanda Crichton,Tanya Ruffles, Clare Harrall, Alicia Garrad, Vicky Fox.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNGuest arrive before the show. L-R Amanda Crichton,Tanya Ruffles, Clare Harrall, Alicia Garrad, Vicky Fox. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Executive assistant at GeeWizz, Maddi Tasker, said she had a brilliant time – and initial projections suggest more than £6,000 has been raised.

The money will fund a piece of equipment for Thomas Wolsey School in Ipswich, which caters for pupils with physical or sensory needs. It will also go towards a DIY SOS style project being organised to help a Kesgrave family.

Geraldine Milsom's fashion show in collaboration with Fenwick, which is raising funds for Gina Long's GeeWizz charity.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNGeraldine Milsom's fashion show in collaboration with Fenwick, which is raising funds for Gina Long's GeeWizz charity. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ms Tasker said: “The show was absolutely fantastic, we are so grateful to both Milsoms and Fenwick for organising it. We all had a brilliant time.

“At the moment the total money raised is around £6,000 and it is going to be given to Thomas Wolsey School for equipment of their choice, we are unsure of specifics at the moment.

Geraldine Milsom's fashion show in collaboration with Fenwick, which is raising funds for Gina Long's GeeWizz charity.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNGeraldine Milsom's fashion show in collaboration with Fenwick, which is raising funds for Gina Long's GeeWizz charity. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“Whatever we raise will also go to a family we are helping in Kesgrave – Daniel Dellar has Dravet’s syndrome which is a rare condition which causes seizures.

She added: “He doesn’t have a bath downstairs at the moment and it’s becoming difficult for him to wash as he’s unhappy having showers because they cause more seizures so we’re hoping to help the family to install a new bath for them to use.”

Nick, Mandy, Harry and Daniel Dellar at the EACH Ipswich colour dashNick, Mandy, Harry and Daniel Dellar at the EACH Ipswich colour dash

GeeWizz volunteers will be discussing arrangements for the project with the Dellar family over the coming weeks.

Geraldine Milsom said it has been an aim of hers to hold a fashion show in The Hangar for many years.

Daniel Dellar from Kesgrave who is to benefit from the GeeWizz charity cashDaniel Dellar from Kesgrave who is to benefit from the GeeWizz charity cash

She chose GeeWizz as the nominated charity after witnessing the work the organisation carries out across the county.

Mrs Milsom worked together with Fenwick Colchester, who provided the outfits for the fashion show – all of which are from their new collection – to make the event a success.

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