WI raises nearly £1,000 with fashion evening

From left, Vanessa Curtis and Jan Parish of Verwood WI with Andrea Piedot from Bournemouth Hospital Charity

From left, Vanessa Curtis and Jan Parish of Verwood WI with Andrea Piedot from Bournemouth Hospital Charity

First published in New Forest News

FASHIONISTAS from the Verwood Women’s Institute organised a stylish fashion show in memory of a much-loved member and raised funds for the new Jigsaw Building at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

The event saw more than 130 people flock to the Verwood Memorial Hall to see clothes from ladies’ fashion company Travelling Trends modelled by friends and members of the WI.

In true WI style, batches of cookies were baked for the evening and a raffle was held, giving a grand total of £950.

The funds will go to Bournemouth Hospital Charity Jigsaw Appeal.

Construction work has begun on the building which will house a new women’s health unit and a blood disorders unit.

Verwood WI president Jan Parish said: “We arranged this sociable evening to raise money in memory of a much loved friend and member, Grace Copper, who touched so many lives of ladies in Verwood and indeed within the Dorset Federation of WIs.

"This truly was a team effort. So many people worked hard behind the scenes to make this such an enjoyable and successful evening.

We are delighted to have raised so much money while having so much fun. Well done ladies and thank you all."

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