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Women of all ages take to the catwalk to raise money for older people in Gloucester

November, 2017

St Oswald’s Retirement Village hosted a fashion show to raise funds for their community.

The show featured 11 models including residents along with their daughters and grand-daughters. Their ages ranged between 8 and 77- years-old. The models showcased clothes made by a member of staff at the village, Shelly-Ann Delpesche, who has a degree in fashion design and originally came up with the idea for the fundraiser.

Those who were lucky enough to get tickets were treated to a two-course meal and a raffle to raise extra money. The Mayoress of Gloucestershire also attended the event.

Sam Hopkins, Village Activities Facilitator at St Oswald’s said: ‘It was a grand event. The money raised will go back into the community to help with more activities for the residents.’

Carol Day, who is a resident at St. Oswald’s Village, and took part in the show alongside her grandchildren, said: ‘The atmosphere was terrific. It was certainly an experience for me, and the children especially loved it. It gives the residents something different to do. Everyone was so enthusiastic.’

The show successfully raised £1,200 which will fund health and well-being activities for residents of the village in Gloucester, operated by retirement charity, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust. The village is home to a community of over 200 residents of which approximately a third receive help for their care from the charity’s Well-being Service.

Recent research shows that levels of depression often associated with isolation and poor health were reduced for those living in ExtraCare’s Retirement Villages, which incorporate affordable housing, active lifestyles and care. Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing found that ExtraCare’s model also reduces NHS costs by 38% for their residents.

Photo Captions: Shelly-Ann Delpesche, who designed all of the outfits at the event

Residents, Family and Staff who took part in the St Oswald’s Fashion Show:

L-R, Back Row: Amanda Holmes / Lauren Whitehead / Carol Day / Melissa Hankins-Warne / Val Brown / Jean Ricketts / Vanda Fews

L-R, Front Row: Rose Taylor / Caitlin Rees / Jasmine Brice / Dawn Fox


- Notes for Editors –

ExtraCare is a registered charity established in 1988 and based in Coventry. Our vision is better lives for older people and our mission is creating sustainable communities that provide homes older people want, lifestyles they can enjoy and care if it’s needed. To deliver our vision and mission we essentially do three things:

Each village or scheme has 5 to 18 social, health and leisure facilities that are accessible to our residents, volunteers and local people representing all age groups living in surrounding communities. Our Charity Shops help fund care and well-being services for older people living at our each of our locations.

For more information please contact:

Rebecca Dillon
Communications Officer
[email protected]
07900 988 679