Making a beautiful night for the ladies

Christine Carrick, Julia Wood and Lynette Smith at Methodist Action (North West)'s Ladies Evening at St Martins Parish Hall, Fulwood
Christine Carrick, Julia Wood and Lynette Smith at Methodist Action (North West)'s Ladies Evening at St Martins Parish Hall, Fulwood
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Ladies across Lancashire enjoyed a bright and colourful evening as part of a fund-raiser to help save homeless accommodation in Preston.

Preston-based charity, Methodist Action (North West) Ltd, welcomed more than 100 ladies to an evening of shopping, pampering and indulgence at their Ladies’ Evening at St Martin’s Parish Hall, in Fulwood.

Guests enjoying Methodist Action (North West)'s Ladies Evening at St Martins Parish Hall, Fulwood

Guests enjoying Methodist Action (North West)'s Ladies Evening at St Martins Parish Hall, Fulwood

Guests were able to grab a bargain, courtesy of the Fashion Show and Sale Company, who modelled a wide range of clothing from High Street names.

Sarah Carrick, who helped to organise the event, says: “It was a very successful evening.

“There really was something for everyone, with stalls provided by Stella and Dot, Ashleigh Jade’s Boutique and Neal’s Yard Remedies to name but a few.

“A Prosecco bar was also available and luxury cakes were provided by My Sweet Retreat of Southport.

Naila Akhtar from Stella and Dot Jewellery at Methodist Action (North West)'s Ladies Evening at St Martins Parish Hall, Fulwood

Naila Akhtar from Stella and Dot Jewellery at Methodist Action (North West)'s Ladies Evening at St Martins Parish Hall, Fulwood

“Sarah Harris from Colour Me Beautiful gave a very informative presentation about the importance of selecting the correct colour of clothing and make-up, then went on to demonstrate a number of creative ways to tie a scarf.”

The event raised £1,000, which will go towards keeping services including accommodation, washing facilities, food and support at Fox Street, in Preston.

CEO of Methodist Action, Stephen Hetherington, adds: “We were absolutely over-whelmed with the response for this event, which raised £1,000, selling out weeks in advance.

“It really is very reassuring that people in the county are so keen to support our charity.

Sarah Harris from Colour Me Beautiful with a volunteer at Methodist Action (North West)'s Ladies Evening at St Martins Parish Hall, Fulwood

Sarah Harris from Colour Me Beautiful with a volunteer at Methodist Action (North West)'s Ladies Evening at St Martins Parish Hall, Fulwood

“Cuts by the local authorities in September this year mean that £190,000 support for the homeless accommodation in Fox Street, in Preston, will cease.

“Just because the funding isn’t available doesn’t mean that the need will disappear – and we intend to ensure that Fox Street continues to meet the complex needs of homeless people in Preston and give them a future.”

Future fund-raising events include a wine tasting evening at Fulwood and Broughton Cricket Club on September 29 and a sponsored sleep out on October 21.

Looking ahead to next year, a Singing for Fun workshop and grand concert with Jeff Borradaile will be held on January 27 next year and a spring ball will follow on April 21.

Sarah Harris from Colour Me Beautiful with volunteers at Methodist Action (North West)'s Ladies Evening at St Martins Parish Hall, Fulwood

Sarah Harris from Colour Me Beautiful with volunteers at Methodist Action (North West)'s Ladies Evening at St Martins Parish Hall, Fulwood

For more details, or to book a place, call 07749 576296.