Sunderland players’ Fashion Strikes event raises £40,000

Sunderland Foundation of Light Strikes Fashion Show 2013 at the Stadium of Light. Jozy Altidore with Ewan, Ethan and Adam Patton.
Sunderland Foundation of Light Strikes Fashion Show 2013 at the Stadium of Light. Jozy Altidore with Ewan, Ethan and Adam Patton.
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CASH raised by a star-studded SAFC fashion show has risen to more than £40,000.

The club have announced the bumper amount after totalling up the money raised by Monday’s Fashion Strikes spectacular.

The event, now in its sixth year, saw first team players, including midfielder Adam Johnson and striker Steven Fletcher, step out of their comfort zone to strike a pose on the catwalk.

Proceeds from the show, which featured around 250 guests including head coach Gus Poyet, will be ploughed into the club’s charity, the Foundation of Light, which helps around 42,000 young people and families a year to tap into learning and sporting opportunities.

Players were joined on the catwalk by young people from across Wearside who have taken part in one of many courses offered by the foundation.

Adam Johnson said: “I’ve taken part in Fashion Strikes before and I was delighted to be able to give my support to the event again.

“The Foundation of Light is such a fantastic charity and does so much great work across the region – it’s something every Sunderland fan should be very proud of.”

Lesley Spuhler, chief executive at the Foundation of Light, said: “Fashion Strikes is one of the Foundation of Light’s most popular fund-raising events and, with the support of the club, players and sponsors, this year has been our biggest and best yet.

“A huge thank you to everyone involved in making this event possible.

“The proceeds from which will have a real impact on local communities.”

Guests at the All That Jazz-themed evening took part in a number of auctions, with prizes including a five-star trip to Dubai and a chance to cook with celebrity chef Marco Pierre White.