The first ever Swish n Swap event was held at Ashton Gate Stadium on Wednesday 19 August, with over 40 ladies coming along to swap their clothes and have a bit of a swishing party!
We raised nearly £400 for the Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal charity which is the only charity fundraising exclusively for the Bristol Children’s Hospital and St Michael’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Special Care Baby Unit).
Niki Whittle, a personal image consultant and stylist came along and gave a visual talk, on body image, how to dress for your shape and gave tips on how to get different looks from one outfit using accessories.
The swishing then got underway and there was a bit of a scramble at the start as people dashed to the Swishing Rail! Despite that everyone managed to find something, and lots of girliness followed, with people taking turns at trying outfits on and commenting on other people’s outfits and giving suggestions. It was a lovely atmosphere and I think that everyone went home having swapped something!
We also had a raffle with people winning some great prizes including Bristol City match tickets, a 2 hour shopping session with Niki Whittle as their personal shopper, original Wallace and Gromit merchandise and an outfit donated by Motel.
Big thanks must go to the following, without whom it would not have been possible:
- Ashton Gate Stadium for donating the venue space
- Flare Locke for donating graphic design of flyers
- Greyhound Graphics for donating printing services
- In Any Event for donating use of Eazybook online booking system
- Matt Innes for donating website hosting
- David Owen for donating design of the website