Queen Anne’s School raise £1,300 for The Katie Piper Foundation

Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A Charity Fashion Show, organised by L6 students at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham along with Director of Sixth Form, Dr Valerie Vincent, has raised over £1,300 for the national charity The Katie Piper Foundation. Katie Piper, a best-selling author, inspirational speaker, TV presenter and charity campaigner opened the Fashion Show, which was held on Tuesday 1 July at the Berkshire independent day and boarding school.

Following the event, L6 student Laren Tayyip, 17 from Henley-on-Thames, said “It has been a real pleasure to welcome Katie Piper to Queen Anne’s School this evening and I have really enjoying helping organise and model in the Fashion Show. On behalf of my fellow committee members, we are all thrilled that the event has been such a success and that we have raised a fantastic amount of money for The Katie Piper Foundation.”

Queen Anne’s saxophone group “Saxaholics” entertained visitors as they arrived to the Fashion Show, which was attended by over 400 people including parents, pupils and members of the local community. Lower Sixth Form students from Reading School and Queen Anne’s School modelled a selection of clothes donated by local businesses and during the interval, the Queen Anne’s Twilight Dance Company thrilled the crowd with a number of beautifully performed dance numbers. Former Queen Anne’s pupil Maddison Brudenell also did a fantastic job of compering the evening.

Speaking about the Fashion Show, Maddison Brudenell, who left Queen Anne’s in 2012, said “I was delighted to be invited back to Queen Anne’s to compere this evening’s event; I had such a wild time and it’s such a blessing to be asked to do this by my old school. Also I’m so pleased to be able to support the Katie Piper Foundation as it’s such a worthwhile charity.”

Visitors to the event also had the opportunity to browse and purchase items from local businesses who featured in the Fashion Show including Cara, Fat Face, Mistral, The Witch & The Glitter Badger and Vancliffe Dean.

Following the Fashion Show, Katie Piper said, “It was very encouraging to see such a diverse selection of models in the fashion show, breaking the stereo type that‎ you don’t have to have one certain look to look fabulous in clothes. The students were dedicated and committed to making it a successful event and they really did succeed.  It’s always extremely encouraging to have the younger generation fundraise for the Foundation and help us raise awareness . A huge thank you to everyone involved.”

The Katie Piper Foundation is a national charity helping people with burns and scars to reconnect with their lives and their communities. After a brutal attack in 2008, which left her badly scarred, Katie set up her own charity, The Katie Piper Foundation, with support from her family and friends. The Katie Piper Foundation promotes the notion that scars do no limit what a person can achieve with their life.

Click here to view a selection of photographs from the Fashion Show. Thank you to Mr Ian Chapman for taking photographs on the day:

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