FOOTBALLERS ditched their kits to strut their stuff down the ‘black catwalk’ – all for a good cause.
First team players including Adam Johnson and Jordi Gomez donned designer threads for the club’s annual Fashion Strikes spectacular at the Stadium of Light.
The event, now in its sixth year, saw the sportsmen step out of their comfort zone to raise tens of thousands of pounds for the club’s charity, the Foundation of Light.
They were joined on the catwalk by young people who’ve taken part in education, sport, health and community programmes run by the charity – just a handful of the 42,000 it helps each year.
Midfielder Jordi Gomez was taking part in the event for the first time when he hit the catwalk last night.
He said: “This was my first time on the catwalk, it’s been OK. All I could do was my best. It’s a great thing for everyone, I have been looking forward to it.”
This year’s theme was vintage carnival, with clothes provided by intuMetroCentre, and featured a range of live entertainment.
Ken Teears, development director at the Foundation of Light, said: “Out of all the events we run, the fashion show is the pinnacle of the winter calender and one of our biggest fundraisers annually.
“The children get a real buzz out of going down the catwalk with their heroes, and it is a once in a lifetime opportunity, for them.”