Sandra and Alice from KidsOut travelled down to the Corinthia Hotel in London on 2nd September, for the launch of the Inspiring Leadership Trust (ILT) Gala and Fashion Show. The ILT aims to inspire and empower vulnerable women and their families all around the world, and the movement all kicked off with this glamorous, star-studded event. The night included two fashion shows, auction with money-can’t-buy prizes, live music and much more.
Here is our Head of Children’s Services, Sandra (middle), mixing with the celebs, including David van Day (middle right), and fashion icon and blogger Prince Cassius (middle left).
The Inspiring Leadership Trust was set up earlier this year by Leigh Bowman-Perks, who has visited various vulnerable communities and individuals all around the world, including one of the largest women’s refuges in Europe with Sandra. Last night, the guests were privileged enough to be able to hear a first-hand account of what it is like to live with domestic violence and come out stronger on the other side.
Lynne has been working with KidsOut for the past few months whilst living in a London refuge with her 12 year old son. She gave a personal and emotional speech on the evening detailing how KidsOut have helped her move on, and ultimately become a stronger person due to her awful experiences with her violent ex-husband.
As well as powerfully demonstrating the need for a focus on helping vulnerable women and their families, the evening also provided entertainment and fun. The fashion show was dazzling and featured dresses and outfits from designers including Pia Michi and LK Bennett.
Overall, the gala was a success and made in the region of £22,000. These funds will contribute towards ILT working closely with KidsOut in the future to provide help, support and training for vulnerable teenage women in the UK.
Not only have Hasbro been kind enough to provide toys for our Toy Boxes, but their staff have also recently dedicated their time and resources to hosting Toy Box packing days at their warehouse in Newport, Wales.
KidsOut staff Sandra Doherty and Julian Margolin travelled down to Newport, Wales, to join the Hasbro team at their distribution centre for a fun day of Toy Box packing.
Since the story was first published in 1999, the Gruffalo has been a children’s favourite. Now the tale has made the move to the stage with its first appearance in the West End.
After the great success of CineEaster, KidsOut has provided a further 7,000 cinema tickets for disadvantaged children and young people from across the UK.