Fashioning a better life for orphans

Nicole Lee with an orphan during her eight-week trip to Malawi
Nicole Lee with an orphan during her eight-week trip to Malawi
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A KIND-HEARTED Wearsider is putting on an extra special show to help orphaned African children.

Moved by an eight-week trip to a poverty-stricken part of Malawi last year, Nicole Lee pledged to continue to help the people she met while working at an orphanage in Pensluo.

As soon as the 21-year-old returned to Sunderland, she started thinking of ways she could raise funds to boost the lives of the communities she lived in.

And next month, the fruits of her labour will be shown when the top fashion show she has been organising hits the catwalk.

Nicole, of Seaburn, said: “When I went to Malawi it was a real eye opener. Coming back really did change me. I work full time and go out socially but this really changed my outlook on life.

“It made me evaluate what I really needed and what I didn’t and made me a lot more conscious about what I was doing and buying.

“I really felt I had to do more so I decided to put on this fashion show with the money going to Save the Children and Joshua Orphan and community Care in Malawi.”

To make sure all of those who contribute on the night are kept up-to-date with how their cash has been spent, Nicole plans on returning to Malawi next year.

Nicole, who works for CCS mobile Technology, in Pennywell, said: “We built shelters and some classrooms and worked in the community.

“I also went about teaching people living in the village dance and drama for a performance to put on when we left.

“I plan on going back next year to give out the money and take photos of what is being done with it.”

The fashion show, with Debenhams providing clothes with an African twist, takes place on September 25, from 4pm to 9pm, at the Roker Hotel.

Tickets are £10 from the beauty counter at Debenhams, The Roker Hotel, or Lickety Split, in Seaham.

Local businesses have also put forward raffle prizes and helped Nicole put on the event.

“The support has been overwhelming,” she said.

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