Handbags On Hope Street For Ovarian Cancer Fundraiser

Danielle Thomas and Anne Jackson with Viva Brazil dancers
LADIES across Merseyside dug deep in their closets to help raise more than £1,200 for cancer research in a glamorous charity handbag swap. North West Cancer Research hosted the O-very Swish ladies evening at Hope Street Hotel, as part of its ovarian cancer awareness month. A guest list of 70 ladies, including ambassadors mezzo soprano Danielle Thomas and actress Suzanne Collins, brought their pre-loved handbags on the night in the hopes of exchanging them for something new. As well as some unexpected designer finds, including a BNWT Lulu Guinness clutch, there were lots of vintage styles available for the ladies to choose from. The centre-piece of the evening however, was a special luxury designer bag from Amanda Wakeley’s current collection, The Redford Linen Beige Leather Shoulder Bag worth around £1,000, which was generously donated by Amanda herself. The bag was raffled off, with the lucky winner taking home the much welcome wardrobe addition. Ladies were treated to live entertainment from up and coming Liverpool talent Tabitha Jade, as well as surprise samba dancing from the Viva Brazil Show performers. Students from Wirral Metropolitan College’s hair and beauty courses offered the ladies a chance to get their hair and makeup done, or have a relaxing head or hand massage for a small donation. Each lady went home with a goody bag full of pampering kindly treats donated by NUXE. Special cocktails were also created for the evening by the Hope Street Hotel, with money from their sales donated to North West Cancer Research. O-Very Swish marks the end of North West Cancer Research’s ovarian cancer awareness month and all of the £1,245 raised will support cancer research projects based in the North West. Dubbed the silent killer, because its symptoms often go unnoticed, ovarian cancer accounts for more than 7,000 new cases of cancer and 4,000 deaths in UK females every year. Anne Jackson, CEO at North West Cancer Research, said: “Ovarian cancer is an aggressive disease which is difficult to detect and one of the most prevalent killers among women in Liverpool and the UK. “Events like these are a great way for us to come together and raise awareness of cancers such as this, while raising money to support vital research right here in Liverpool. “As a charity we fund lots of different types of cancer research and our aim is to understand the cause and mechanisms of cancers, in the hopes of developing treatments and preventative measure in years to come. “It was great to see so many people turn up and show their support, it was such a fun event and we hope the ladies took home some of the important messages relating to ovarian cancer. “On behalf of the charity I would like to thank Amanda Wakeley for donating the fabulous bag, the team at Hope Street Hotel for letting us host the evening and finally our entertainers, the talented Tabitha Jade and the wonderful Samba dancers from XX.” Amanda Wakeley added: “I am honoured to have been able to support this evening by donating one of our most popular and beautiful bags this season and I hope the lucky lady who won gets lots of joy out if it.” North West Cancer Research has committed to funding more than £12.3million worth of research over the next five years – £8.1million of which will support research based at the University of Liverpool. More information can be found at www.nwcr.org