Hat’s the way to raise cash for charity

Hairdressers Stephen Gray and Ashleigh Sproat, with model Rebecca Porras-Perez wearing a hat designed by royal miliner Philip Treacy.
Hairdressers Stephen Gray and Ashleigh Sproat, with model Rebecca Porras-Perez wearing a hat designed by royal miliner Philip Treacy.
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A HAT designer whose creations were worn by dozens of guests at the Royal Wedding has given a boost to a Wearside children’s charity.

 Royal miliner Philip Treacy has donated a handmade, pink silk concertina hat, worth £450, which will be auctioned off at Hope 4 Kidz’s Candlelit Christmas Ball in aid of Little Angels.

The Pennywell-based charity, which helps North East youngsters with special needs, is hosting the black tie event to help raise money for its annual Santa’s Christmas Party.

The ball will be held on November 25 at Lumley Castle Hotel in Chester-le-Street.

Over the years, Philip Treacy has made hats for Alexander McQueen, as well as the Harry Potter films, and his creations were worn by 36 guests at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The hat donated to Hope 4 Kidz will help to raise the money the charity needs to give the young people they help an extra special Christmas.

Viv Watts, from Hope 4 Kidz, said: “The Little Angels Ball is an essential way of raising funds for the Santa party as well as providing an enjoyable evening for all of the guests.”

The ball includes a four-course meal and entertainment. Proceeds from ticket sales will be combined with money raised from auctions and raffles on the night to help fund the annual Hope 4 Kidz Santa’s Christmas party.

The party, at Passion nightclub in Sunderland in early December, will be attended by more than 400 children, who have been affected by illness, disability, poverty or abuse.

Tickets for the Hope 4 Kidz Candelit Christmas Ball in aid of Little Angels are £52.50. Visit website www.hope4kidz.org.uk or tel. 534 7788 for more details.