Leeds pupils strut their stuff on catwalk to raise charity cash

Louisa Caplan.
Louisa Caplan.
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Fashionable fundraiser Louisa Caplan showed model behaviour by raising hundreds of pounds for community projects.

The A-Level student from the Grammar School at Leeds raised £1,400 from a ‘Fashion Through the Ages’ event at her school.

Louisa, from Chapel Allerton, co-ordinated the whole event and booked the venue, sourced the clothes, models, musicians and catering, organised publicity, sold tickets and liaised with her chosen charity, the Leeds Community Foundation.

Fellow pupils strutted their stuff on the catwalk.

Louisa, who plans to study textiles and fashion at university and designs clothes herself, said: “I chose the Leeds Community Foundation as the money will make a real difference to people’s lives close to home.”

As well as getting valuable donations for the local charity, the fashion show also contributes to an extra qualification for Louisa, called the Extended Project Qualification.

She added: “I’m really grateful to everyone who supported the event and kept the costs to a minimum.

“The school provided the venue, fellow students modelled and Debenhams supplied the clothes, which reflected trends from different eras in current fashions.”

Amanda Bennett of the Leeds Community Foundation, which hands out grants to voluntary groups in the area, said: “We were absolutely delighted with the amazing sum of money raised by the event.

“The team did a fantastic job and to have raised over £1,400 is tremendous.”

To find out more about the charity, visit: www.leedscf.org.uk

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