MORE than 40 students took part in a charity fashion show raising more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Nelson and Colne College students took part in the event which raised a total of £1,059.30 for the charity.

Organised by the Pendle Hill Fundraisers for Cancer Research UK, the Stand Up to Cancer Fashion Show was held at The ACE Centre in Nelson.

Alongside fashion displays from M&Co. in Clitheroe and Blue Ginger in Keighley, NCC A Level and vocational students in the creative and media department showed off and modelled some of their own clothing and jewellery designs and filmed and photographed the event.

The college’s hair and beauty students also worked backstage on hair and make-up as well as taking it in turn to model on the catwalk.

Vocational art and design student Cerys Wrigglesworth, 17, said: “I found it a really good experience as I was creating individual pieces for a fashion show featuring designer clothing from established retailers.

“It was nice to be able to support the charity too – I had a family member who has had cancer and I weaved her name into my pieces to give them a personal touch.”

Hair and beauty student Elise Munroe, 17, said: “I really enjoyed the fashion show – I was very busy creating unique looks for the models. It was a good way for me to use my skills on a live brief. I want to get into TV work in the future and I think having the experience of working on fashion shows will be very useful.”

Maggie Cannon, secretary of the Pendle Hill fundraisers for Cancer Research UK, said: “It was a fantastic evening and we raised a really good total for the charity.

“I was very impressed with the collections the students had created out of upcycled materials and I would like to thank the students and Nelson and Colne College staff for supporting the event.”

The next NCC Year 11 Open Event will be on Monday 5 February from 5.30pm until 7.30pm.