Updated: Monday, 6th April 2020 @ 8:41am

Catwalk king Jeff Banks launches 'The People’s Catwalk' in aid of the Christie

Catwalk king Jeff Banks launches 'The People’s Catwalk' in aid of the Christie

By Kathryn Cummings, Fashion Writer

Design guru Jeff Banks is on a mission to raise vital cash for the Christie when he launches the annual People’s Catwalk at the Trafford Centre today.

The People’s Catwalk, now in its second year, will be asking shoppers to donate £10 towards the cancer centre in exchange of feeling like a runway supermodel for the day.

The Christie will be on hand to deliver motivational workshops for those taking part on the Orient catwalk, using their expertise in confidence-building to ensure that the experience is a positive one.

The international designer who has already raised thousands of pounds for charity with his fashion-inspired events hopes the Mancunian shoppers will be eager to take part.

He said: “The People’s Catwalk is for everyone. Some people will walk alone, but others will model in groups. We’re expecting teams of shop assistants, nurses and even office workers to club together and appear as a gang – what a souvenir that would make!

“The Christie is such a well-loved facility. Perhaps someone you know has been treated at The Christie, or you have lost someone to cancer and would like to model in their memory.”

The former British Designer of the Year also stopped off at the Christie on Monday to meet patients who have benefited from the centre’s support services which include the award-winning Headstart service that helps patients deal with hair loss.

The patients were also treated to a showcase at the Trafford Centre, they were given makeovers and dressed by fashion leaders Gap before going on a practice run on the catwalk.

Jenny Haskey, Head of Corporate Fundraising at Christie’s, said: “As one of the leading charities in the North West The Christie is delighted to partner with the Trafford Centre and The People’s Catwalk Event.

“The positive nature of the weekend is a great opportunity to involve our patients alongside the general public for such a unique and feel-good experience.”

The professional catwalk is open to everyone who wants to take part, no matter what their age, gender, looks or ability.

Local Key 103 DJ’s Mike and Chelsea, supported by DJ’s Alex and Lucy, will be on hand to co-present the main stage along with several other famous faces.

The Trafford Centre’s Caroline Aikman said: “The money raised from The People’s Catwalk will help save lives. If you’ve ever wanted to raise funds for charity in a glamorous way, this is your chance to feel good about yourself, and look fantastic at the same time.”

You can find The People’s Catwalk all weekend at the Orient food court in the Trafford Centre.