Runway on the Runway, one of the most exciting and innovative charity fashion events of recent years, scooped the award for Best Fundraising Event at the North-West Charity Awards held at the prestigious Midlands Hotel in Manchester earlier this month. The inaugural awards celebrated and recognised North West charities and not-for-profit organisations for their outstanding contributions to their communities.
The glittering fashion extravaganza held under Concord, saw pupils from ten schools together with young people going through treatment, model the latest prom fashions whilst raising over £50,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust. The panel of judges were won over by the innovative, creative, and inclusive approach to fundraising, which not only raised significant funds to support young people with cancer but also raised the awareness of cancer within this age group.
Margo Cornish the brainchild behind the event and Ambassador for Teenage Cancer Trust in the North West said, “I am very proud of the impact Runway on the Runway has had here in the North West over the past 5 years. Huge thanks to our amazing team of volunteers who always go above and beyond to make this such a magical event. The award is the icing on the cake after 3 very successful events.
“I am now looking forward to working with Vanessa Simmons from the Teenage Cancer Trust on our next project scheduled for 2019 which will build on our success and help us further progress our campaign to support young people living with cancer here in the North West.”
Vanessa Simmons, Head of Fundraising West and Wales for Teenage Cancer Trust said, “It’s difficult to explain the pure magic and uniqueness of Runway on the Runway. The way the schools, community and young people with cancer come together is so inspiring and emotional. It’s wonderful that, even up against some really tough competition, the judging panel recognised the impact and uniqueness of this event and we are absolutely delighted to win this award.”
Teenage Cancer Trust makes sure the seven young people aged 13 to 24 diagnosed with cancer every day don’t face it alone. They help young people and their families deal with the many ways cancer affects your body, mind and life. The charity works in partnership with the NHS, providing expert staff and specialist units in Principal Treatment Centres for cancer, and bring young people together so they can support each other.
Right now, for every young person Teenage Cancer Trust is able to reach, there’s another they can’t. Teenage Cancer Trust is aiming to provide specialised Nurses across the UK to reach all young people with cancer, no matter where they live. To do this they will need to raise £20 million a year, every year. To help transform the lives of young people with cancer visit www.teenagecancertrust.org.
Image: Olivia Cork (teen cancer survivor), Margo Cornish, and Vanessa Simmons (Head of Fundraising for West and Wales for Teenage Cancer Trust)