Fashion event is victim’s legacy

FLASHBACK: Denise Taylor (centre) with Helen Hart (left) and friend Ali McKenna before last year's event
FLASHBACK: Denise Taylor (centre) with Helen Hart (left) and friend Ali McKenna before last year's event

KIND-HEARTED charity workers are organising a dress sale to raise money for cancer sufferers.

Denise Taylor suffered the illness and died last year after a brave two-year battle.

Before her death, the inspirational mum set up the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust, an organisation which offers help to those suffering from cancer.

Family, friends and colleagues have carried on the group’s good work and after the success of previous dress sales, they got to work on organising another one.

The fashion re-sale will offer a number of prom and bridal dresses as well as other occasion dress wear for bargain prices.

The last event raised a hefty £2,000 for the cause, which all goes towards offering financial help to sufferers.

Denise’s daughter, Helen Hart, who lives on the Headland has been instrumental in organising the events.

Helen, 31, who lives with her husband, Steven, 30, and four-year-old son, Harry, said: “Our dress sales in the past have been extremely popular and have raised a lot of money.

“We still actually have some dresses left which were donated for our last event so we thought it would be great to organise another one.

“My mum always used to say that every girl should be able to go to the prom, and she loved prom and bridal dresses.

“Hopefully our next event will prove as successful as the last one and plenty of people will leave with a smile on their face.

“We would be extremely grateful if people could donate dresses or any other occasion wear.”

The fashion re-sale will take place at Hartlepool Enterprise Centre, in Brougham Terrace, where the Denise Taylor Trust has recently set up a unit.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 2, from 11am-3pm.

The ball will take place at the Borough Hall, on the Headland, on Saturday, May 14.

Anyone wishing to donate dresses or for more information should contact Helen on 07736 943571 or Ali on 07985 439284. Alternatively visit where people can also find out about their spring ball.