Catwalk for the hospice

Diane Dahlstrom, Janice Forbes (Hospice Community Fundraiser, Joanne Woolston and Francis McAllister (Hospice Director of Fundraising) outside Sorella Boutique in Durham.
Diane Dahlstrom, Janice Forbes (Hospice Community Fundraiser, Joanne Woolston and Francis McAllister (Hospice Director of Fundraising) outside Sorella Boutique in Durham.

GENEROUS women strutted down the catwalk in support of a town hospice.

Dozens of people turned out at Hartlepool College of Further Education for a fashion show, organised by two Hartlepool sisters who run their own boutique.

Joanne Woolston and Diane Dahlstrom opened Sorella Boutique in Durham city centre in October last year.

But despite the boutique being outside of Hartlepool, the sisters still live in the town and have a lot of Hartlepool customers.

After a successful fundraising event last year for St Cuthbert’s Hospice, in Durham City, Joanne and Diane decided to organise another event, this time in support of Hartlepool & District Hospice.

The fashion show was a huge success and raised £740 to the delight of staff at the Wells Avenue-based hospice.

Joanne and Diane are now planning a similar event in November.

Joanne said: “Even though our boutique is based in Durham, we are Hartlepool-born girls and have many customers who travel to Durham from Hartlepool just to see us.

“As we did a similar event in Durham not long after we opened and raised a large amount for St Cuthbert’s Hospice we decided our next venue would be our home town.

“Our chosen charity obviously had to be Hartlepool & District Hospice, it is close to everyone’s heart in Hartlepool and we are elated at having such a large turnout to this event.”

Diane added: “We would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone that supported this event as without them we wouldn’t have been able to raise this fantastic amount.”

Janice Forbes, community fundraiser for Hartlepool & District Hospice, said: “I would like to thank Joanne and Diane for bringing their fashion to Hartlepool and raising such a brilliant amount for our specialist palliative care services.

“I would like to wish them all the best with their business venture and we are looking forward to their next show in November.”