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College students raise funds for Macmillan

Hair and Beauty students from City of Sunderland College have hosted a fashion show to raise vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The group of 60 first, second and third year students are currently studying on a NVQ VRQ in Hair and Beauty course at the College’s Hylton Skills Campus. In addition, 16 pupils from one of the College’s partner schools, Thornhill School also took part in the event.

The show was split into three parts; funky everyday fashion, evening and prom wear and fantasy – which included creative hair and clothing designs inspired by the classic War of the Worlds Sci-Fi novel. In total, over 70 tickets were sold for the event which helped to raise over £150.

Judith McArdle, lecturer in Hairdressing at City of Sunderland College, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to raise money for such a good cause and showcase our student’s incredible talents at the same time.

“We’ve sourced some of the clothing used for the show from generous local suppliers including Wild Brides in Silksworth Lane and Special Occasions on Chester Road. We also asked our trendy learners to select pieces from their own wardrobes to accessorise their creative outfits.

“As well as modelling on the day, our students were busy backstage providing all of the make-up and beauty treatments needed plus styling and colouring hair.

“Here at City of Sunderland College we strive to offer our students additional enrichment opportunities to support their learning. Experiences such as this fashion show offer our learners a chance to practice their skills which they will take with them into the world of work.”

The fashion show took place on a specially constructed catwalk, which was created by Joinery students from the College.

Additional funds were also raised for the charity from a raffle. A number of local beauty suppliers including Sally’s Salon Services, Wella and Beauty Express donated some of the prizes that were up for grabs.

City of Sunderland College offers a range of vocational qualifications across a number of subject areas including Hair and Beauty, Construction, Catering and Hospitality, Motor Vehicle, Electrical and more.

Its specialist vocational centre, the Hylton Skills Campus also boasts a professional Hair and Beauty salon which  is used by the students to gain hands-on experience and practice their techniques.

The salon, which is open to College students as well as members of the public, offers a variety of products and services such as cut and blow dry, eyelash tinting, waxing, massage and facials.

For further information on Hair and Beauty courses or services visit the Hair and Beauty section or call 0191 511 6000.

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