Bawtry: Boutique’s annual fashion show raises huge sum for charity

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Bawtry fashion boutique Robinsons has presented a cheque for £24,500 to Yorkshire Cancer Research,.

In doing so, the business has taken the total amount they have raised for the charity in the last 20 years to over £250,000.

Charles Rowett, chief executive of Yorkshire Cancer Research, came to Bawtry to receive the latest sum raised which was the proceeds of last year’s annual fashion show Robinson’s hold in the town.

“Last year we celebrated the fashion show’s 21st anniversary and were delighted to raise the largest amount ever in its history,” said Russell Jones of Robinsons.

“It was a truly amazing event and we are so grateful to all our guests, customers and supporters who made it so special.”

Over the last three years the money that Robinsons has donated to the charity has helped to fund a research programme by PhD student, James Hackland .

James has been researching the causes of childhood cancers, how they develop and ways in which treatments can be found and progressed.

“James’ work is providing vital research into the genetic characteristics of Rhabdoyosarcoma and we were immensely proud that he was able to present his work so far to the International Stem Cell Community Conference in Boston last year,” said Mr Rowett.

“Without the funds that Robinsons and their fantastic customers and supporters raise each year, such vital work could not be undertaken.”

During its 21 year history, Robinsons fashion show has always taken place at the nearby China Rose Cantonese restaurant in the town.

China Rose lends itself perfectly to both the catwalk show and the after-show party.

And the community involvement doesn’t end there as Nigel Oxby, owner of another neigbouring business, the beauty salon Elite, also lends his support by ensuring the hair and make-up of all the models involved in the show each and every year is styled to perfection.