Purple reigns at North East charity event

Women's Day pic BUSINESSWOMEN from across the region helped raise £250 for Marie Curie Cancer Care as part of an event at The Bowes Museum, in County Durham.


The afternoon tea event, which was in celebration of International Women’s Day, was hosted by accountants and business advisers Clive Owen LLP, in Darlington.


The theme for this year’s event was ‘Paint It Purple’. Guests were invited to come along wearing something purple and also bring an unwanted item of clothing for a clothes swap, with any remaining items being donated to Oxfam.


The key speaker at the event was Claire Bromley, founder and creator of Claire International Limited, a bespoke knitwear and personal colour and style consultancy based in Barnard Castle. She gave an inspiring presentation based upon maximising image through colour and each of the guests had the chance to find out which shades and tones best suited them. The guests were also given the chance to get involved and create a piece of artwork that represented the event. Artist Nora Yates, of Richmond, North Yorkshire, provided purple materials and guests were invited to cut out shapes that would be assembled on canvas to create a collage of purple.


Many other local businesses supported the event by donating raffle prizes including, a remedial massage session with Jennifer Thursfield; a painting session with Nora Yates and a personal image consultation with Claire Bromley.


Purple orchids for the tables were supplied by Meynells of Richmond. Caroline O’Neill took photographs of the event.


Margaret Gill, marketing manager at Clive Owen LLP, who organised the event said: “This was a wonderful afternoon and all those who attended or gave their support helped to make it very special. We raised £250 for Marie Curie which is our best total yet.


“The theme worked extremely well and gave the event a real focus which I think all the guests really got on board with. I’m already excited about next year’s event.”


Pat Irving, a fundraising co-ordinator with Marie Curie Cancer Care, said: “It was a really wonderful afternoon in the glorious setting of The Bowes Museum. We all enjoyed the event and the purple theme helped to make the afternoon even brighter.”

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