A FASHION show with a difference was held at Sheffield Hallam University’s Hubs centre – staged by a city-based student.
All the models at the event were young people who were in care or who had been through the care system – with the aim being to boost their confidence and self-esteem.
The show was the idea of 21-year-old Hannah Greyson, from Meersbrook, who is coming to the end of a course in fashion, marketing and branding at Nottingham Trent University.
She was challenged to organise an event which would make a real impact on the lives of disadvantaged youngsters as part of a national initiative titled Think Big.
She said: “I contacted social services and they put me in touch with a group called ACE – standing for About Care Experience.
“It is an organisation for young people in care or who have been in care, and they were really enthusiastic about the idea of a fashion show.”
Hannah recruited 15 volunteers to get involved, some of whom became models and some who were involved in promoting the event.
Hallam students designed and made the garments for the show, and even custom-made some items at short notice to fit the individual models.
“The designers were very talented and really supportive of what we were trying to do.
Hannah said: “We sold 150 tickets which was terrific and overall we raised £1,000 which has been donated to ACE.
“The best part of the night was to see the young people really enjoying themselves – they were buzzing.”
When she completes her course next month Hannah is hoping to pursue a career in the fashion industry.