A night of Glitz and Glamour

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FASHION: Martin House's Sarah Tarpey walk out onto the main stage in her unique evening attire.

FASHION: Martin House's Sarah Tarpey walk out onto the main stage in her unique evening attire.

More than 300 people crowded into Aagrah Midpoint last weekend as the Give a Gift appeal launched its latest event.

With Bollywood dancers, fashion shows and photo shoots, all under one roof, the evening of ‘Glitz and Glamour’ proved to be a major success in helping raise thousands of pounds for the two local causes - Martin House Children’s Hospice and Leeds General Infirmary Children’s Heart Unit.

Following on from the huge success of the toy donation appeal during Ramadhan and Eid, and last month’s 5k run, the night concluded with two £6,000 cheques being handed over to representatives from the two causes.

A special catwalk was setup to present all the stunning attires, with clothing kindly donated for the night from Janan, Sass boutique and Reeshan ‘the golden stitch’, whilst makeup and hair, came free courtesy of Eliza’s Elegance.

Balloonz by Julez donated more than £200 of balloons, decorating the whole stage and creating a spiral arch as well as providing foil balloons for the decor.

Event organiser, Rifhat Malik, spoke of her gratitude for all the volunteers and donations which helped make the night possible.

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“We owe a big thank you to everyone involved in making the whole evening so special,” she said, “from Laila (Khan) and Ruby (Malik), our hostesses to all the companies involved.

“It was stressful at times to arrange in such a short period of time but I have no doubt that I would do it all again in a heartbeat.”

Yasmin Khan was one local business owner who got involved in the event due to a personal connection, and donated a four-tier chocolate fountain for the night.

Before the passing of her 18-year-old daughter, Safiyah Mohammed, in February, the local mother was offered respite by Martin House Children’s Hospice. The weekend’s event was the first time Ms Khan has been involved in such a fundraising effort since her loss and has now joined up with the Give a Gift team to help with future events.

Sharon Cheng, LGI’s Director of the Children’s Heart Surgery fund, was in attendance on the night and thoroughly enjoyed the events, even getting involved with the onstage fashion show, calling it a ‘pleasure’ to be part of.

“I was really impressed with the whole event,” she said. “The level of commitment everybody showed to organise it in such a short period of time was amazing and really showed their passion to help out the two causes.

“The Give a Gift team are a brilliant example of communities pulling together to tackle a serious cause, such as children’s heart disease.”

Sarah Tarpey, West Yorkshire community fundraiser for Martin House, also praised the night and was ‘thrilled’ to be invited and involved.

She said: “I feel humbled by the fantastic support given to our children and families from the entire Asian Community, in particular Hanif and Rifhat Malik from the Hamara Health and Fitness centre.

Adding: “This is such a wonderful thing to have done for Martin House, and we are hugely grateful.”

For more information about the Give a Gift appeal please visit www.giveagift.org.uk and get involved today.


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