An inspirational fashion show which gave models with physical and learning disabilities the chance to walk down the catwalk has raised £75,000.
Hundreds of people attended the Be Beautiful, Be Yourself event, organised by Manchester-based charity, The Friendship Circle.
Championing diversity and enabling those with disabilities to live full lives sits at the heart of the charity’s work with over 160 people across the region.
“Yes, we've got disabilities, but that doesn't mean that anything can hold us back or stop us and what we want to achieve in life,” said model Hannah Mendell, who was among those to take to the catwalk.
“Before I came to the Friendship Circle, I had very little confidence. So to be on the catwalk was the most phenomenal experience.”
The money raised will now help the charity continue its work throughout 2023, which Esty Bruck, Operations Director of The Friendship Circle, explained was about breaking barriers and smashing stereotypes, whether through fashion, sports, or the hundreds of activities the charity runs throughout the year.
“I have so much pride in our fabulous members, both those who were walking the catwalk and those who were not,” said Esty.
“Our members are taught that self-confidence is the best outfit. We encourage them to rock it, own it and wear it with pride. Thanks to this fantastic fundraising total we will be able to continue to help people in the future.”