January 13, 2015

Disabled models join the faces of Next and TK Maxx on the runway to raise money for Oxford charity The Silverlining

Withy King is sponsoring a fashion show this week in Oxford which will see 22 disabled and able-bodied models take to the runway, including Mary Jayne, a young woman who will attempt to walk unaided for the first time since complications shortly after her birth left her with cerebral palsy. The show is being organised by the brain injury charity the Silverlining with support from Withy King.

Mary Jayne is one of seven disabled Silverliners taking part in the fashion show on Thursday, 15 January. They will be modelling a range of beautiful clothes from two Oxford boutiques alongside more experienced models including 16-year-old Kit Butler, who has just been signed by Next, and 24-year-old Robbie Woods, who is one of the faces of TK Maxx.

“This event is all about celebrating the achievements of our Silverliners while raising money for a minibus to transport them to various events and activities,” said Maggie Sargent, leader of the Silverlining in Oxford. “The Silverliners who have helped to organise the fashion show and who are taking part on the night have had a great deal of fun and developed firm friendships along the way. It has been wonderful to see how their confidence has grown and how this event has helped to empower them.

“When people suffer terrible injuries which leave them with life-changing disabilities, it can have a devastating effect on all aspects of their lives. The Silverlining is about providing a support network which allows people with brain injuries and their families to re-engage with their communities, re-build their confidence and help themselves and others in similar positions to lead a fulfilling life.”

Over 100 people are expected to attend the Silverlining fashion show, sponsored by Oxford law firm Withy King, which is taking place at Rhodes House on Thursday, 15 January, to raise money for a mini bus for the charity.

Doors open at 6pm and the fashion show begins at 6.30pm with short presentations and a film on the work of the Silverlining. A drinks reception will be held afterwards, from 7.15 to 8pm.

The clothes have been provided by upmarket women’s boutique Vanilla based in South Parade, and bespoke men’s tailors Clements and Church also of Oxford. Hair is being styled by Electric hair salon.

For further information about the Silverlining and its work in Oxford, please visit www.silverlining.org.

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