Sheffield school girls are taking to the catwalk in aid of Rotherham abuse survivors

Women’s group Soroptimist International are teaming up with students at King Edward VII high school  to put together a fashion show at the Tapton Hall in Crosspool.

The money raised will go towards helping the Rotherham Abuse Counselling service that helps victims of sexual, mental and physical abuse and their families.

All the outfits at the event on May 15 will be supplied by Rotherham fashion outlet London Connections and people attending will be able to try on and buy the clothes after the show.

There will also be a bar, music and a raffle with a share of the sales going to the charity.

The women’s group who work to educate and empower women all over the world, have invited sixth formers to learn how to manage and run events.

Daphne Cawthorne, Sheffield president of Soroptimist, spoke about working with the girls; “The four girls we have this year are magnificent. We just put up an advert in their sixth form and they were so enthusiastic about working with us.

“The school girls will end up with a certificate and will have managed their own event.

“We are all professionals who have all had careers and we get to share our skills with these girls at no cost.”

(Left to Right) Morgan Fidler, Isabelle Hemingway, Hilary Radcliffe, Daphne Cawthorne

Each year the women’s group chose a different charity to support, they have previously helped organisations such as Sheffield Hospice and St Luke’s Hospice.

The group’s branch president, Hilary Ratcliffe came across this group in Rotherham who help these survivors of abuse.

Daphne added “Not only do they help the abuse victims but also their families.

“There are 300 people waiting for counselling but they only have funding for 10 people a year.

“They are really grateful we are making people aware of their cause.”

Morgan Fidler, 18, who will present the show said; “The charity we are supporting strikes a chord, and being able to actually raise money to allow individuals to live a normal life after suffering is an amazing thing to be a part of.”

Dahna and Melissa Castrignano (17) who are walking and organising the fashion show

Dahna Castrignano, 17, who will be modelling in the show talked of her experience working on the event saying; “I volunteered to help out for the fashion because it was something I had never done before and really wanted to push myself to do something completely different.

“It has been truly exciting, but the best part is the modelling because it will put me to the test in allowing me to express myself through fashion and gaining confidence in feeling free to express myself within this privileged role.”

The fashion show will take place at the Tapton Hall in Crosspool on Wednesday 15 May from 7pm. Tickets are priced at £7, will be available on the door or in advance by emailing

Written by Alexandra Stewart

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