Fashion show raises more than £4,500 for girl with rare cancer

FASHION FORWARD: Two of the young models at the fashion show held for Gaby Alderson

FASHION FORWARD: Two of the young models at the fashion show held for Gaby Alderson

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A FASHION show organised by a children’s clothing boutique owner has raised more than £4,500 for a girl battling a rare cancer.

Emily Savage, Hannah Doran and Fliss Flannagan, who all have children at South Otterington Primary School, near Northallerton, organised the event for fellow pupil 11-year-old Gaby Alderson, who was diagnosed in September with stage four MYCN-amplified neuroblastoma.

Ms Doran said the event, held on Friday at Northallerton’s Allerton Court Hotel, raised far more than she could have hoped and was thrilled with the support it received.

Compere for the night was Emma Atkins, better known for her role as Charity Sharmer, formally Dingle, in Emmerdale.

Mr Doran said: “The fashion show was the idea of Emily Savage, who runs children’s clothes shop Little Quakers in Thirsk with her mum Claire.

“We are all mums at the school that Gaby goes to and wanted to do something to help her fundraising appeal.

“We were lucky enough to get Emma Atkins to host the event – she is a friend of a friend – she was brilliant and really made the whole night.

“The event was absolutely fantastic and well supported by local businesses who donated some amazing raffle prizes including a stay in a Harrogate hotel and a cookery course at Swinton Lodge.”

Although Gaby was due to go to the show, a raised temperature meant she was admitted back into Leeds General Infirmary – but was able to watch some of the event via Skype.

The next fundraising event for Gaby will be a family obstacle course triathlon held at Queen Mary’s School, in Topcliffe, on June 22.

For more information or to take part contact Mel Chapman on before June 9.

For details about fundraising, visit or Twitter @gabysappeal.

Donate via, text GABR78 followed by an amount up to £10 to 70070, or send a cheque made payable to The NCCA UK - Gabrielle Alderson's Journey, to The NCCA UK, 5 Harmood Grove, London, NW1 8DH.

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