Article from the North East Times

Charlie Bear for Cancer Care is a dedicated charitable fund helping to ensure that patients at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC) at the Freeman Hospital receive the very best treatment and support possible. It is a charity close to many hearts in the North East. Cancer affects one in three of us and the NCCC has an international reputation for the care and services it offers to cancer patients and their families.

The Fashion Show was arranged by Eileen Hulme and her two daughters, Louise and Andrea of Panache Fashion, well-known locally for its fabulous collections of clothes and accessories and excellent personal service.

Over 100 guests were in attendance to see some of their gorgeous current ranges modelled by ‘real women’ and to enjoy a light and delicious Italian lunch prepared by the flamboyant Frabizio and his staff.

Raffle prizes generously donated by local businesses and well-wishers included vouchers (from Fratelli’s and Panache), a fabulous orchid from Katherine’s Florists, a case of wine from Major Family Law and a short break from Sarah and Dominic Raad at Tent Marketing and Design. Such kindness from the local community meant that £820 was raised for Charlie Bear.

Joanne Major, of Major Family Law, gave a vote of thanks to all who had contributed and to the local businesses who had pulled together to make the afternoon so enjoyable and so successful.

A prominent member of the local community, Joanne has ensured that Major Family Law has been actively involved in charity fundraising since its inception two years ago. As well as supporting Charlie Bear, she has raised funds for Children North East and last year helped to raise nearly £5000 for Superstar Sam Smith to go to the Ashes. ( Joanne is a Christian and likes to make a difference in whatever small way she can. Her maxim for life is simple: “No one ever became poor by giving”  (Anne Frank)