Warrington & Vale Royal College students shine at Fashion Show for Peace

Students from Warrington & Vale Royal College had a pivotal part to play in a charity fashion show, organised to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Warrington bombing.

The Fashion Show for Peace – held at Orford Park Jubilee Hub – saw hair and beauty students from the Winwick Road campus style models’ hair and make-up, whilst fashion and art students assisted John Lewis in dressing them.

Public services and travel & tourism students volunteered to work front of house at the event, registering people as they arrived and selling raffle tickets, with catering students also showing the support on the night by providing a buffet.

Fashion for Peace, a cross community, multi-cultural event organised by Jewish charity worker Jackie Baines and Muslim laywer Hameera Darr, celebrated people’s similarities and differences through fashion.

It came as part of a number of memorial events planned to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bomb that tragically killed Tim Parry, aged 12, and Johnathan Ball, aged three, in 1993.

All money raised from the event will go to the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation, helping the charity to continue its work helping those affected by terrorism and radicalisation.

Monday’s event was the first of three fashion shows set up to raise funds for the Peace Foundation.

Stephanie Crane, Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare Manager at Warrington & Vale Royal College, said: “Taking part in the Fashion Show for Peace gave students from a variety of curriculum areas the chance to take part in valuable work experience. Not only did it give them the opportunity to work as part of a busy charity event, it also gave them the chance to play their part in celebrating diversity.
“At Warrington & Vale Royal College, we are passionate about ensuring each and every one of our students understands the importance of equality and diversity, and being able to take part in external events like this further enhances what they learn as part of their course.

“For us to be able to play a part in commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Warrington bombing is a huge privilege and we appreciate the help and support of everyone that made the Fashion Show for Peace a possibility.”