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Intergenerational fashion show raises £800 for charity

An intergenerational fashion show in Penkridge, organised by a group which aims to breakdown age barriers between older and younger people, has raised more than £800 for charity.

More than 120 people attended the military-themed fashion show held at Wolgarston High School, which was held to raise cash for Help for Heroes, as well as a donation towards the high school and Guides for Gambia.

The fashion show was organised by Penkridge Impact Group, which was set up to bring older and younger people in the village together by breaking down age barriers which can divide communities. The Group includes Staffordshire Police, South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA), Staffordshire Youth Service and Staffordshire District Council Leisure Services.

Younger and older people ‘buddied’ up to make military-themed clothes for both age groups to model on the night.

There was military-themed equipment, including an armoured car on display at the show, as well as displays of memorabilia from local history groups and the British Legion.

Ninety-year-old Veronica Dean, who is a South Staffordshire Housing Association sheltered housing resident, was one of 15 older people to be involved in the project.

“The young people were absolutely wonderful with us and made us feel so special. It was like we were all one age when we were dressing up,” said Veronica.

She added: “We were all happy to share our memories of the war. Not all of them were good ones but the young people wanted to know about our experiences. I think the costumes looked great and had a real resemblance to what people wore during the war.”

Jackie Ilic, neighbourhood involvement officer at SSHA, said: “We were amazed by the level of support shown by the local community at the fashion show. We are delighted to have raised so much money for charity.

“The older and younger people who have worked together have made some great relationships. It is obvious that both age groups have given a lot of time and energy to the project and have really enjoyed it.”

As well as raising money through ticket sales and donations on the night of the fashion show, the group has also produced calendars of the younger and older people modelling the outfits. There are still copies of the calendar available to buy, with a donation from the cost of the calendar going to Help for Heroes.