Sheila’s dream

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A COMMUNITY stalwart has organised a charity fashion show virtually single handed.

Sheila Prescott, secretary of Leigh Arthritis Support Group, was the driving force of the event to be held at Sainsbury’s, in Leigh, on Sunday June 9.

All funds raised will go back into the group to provide activities and guidance for people suffering with arthritis in Leigh.

John Knowles, chairman, said: “Shortly after we started the Leigh Arthritis Care Support Group in May 2011, Sheila joined and took on the role as secretary for 12 months.

“She is the most extraordinary lady, especially as she comes from Newton-le-Willows and chose to help out the Leigh group.

“She had the fashion show in mind for quite a time before putting to the members and she has done all the organisation and been in contact with so many people.

“She has gained support from many sources locally, plus Clarins in Paris, which is the patron of arthritis organisations.

“This is a joint event, raising the profile and funds of the Leigh Arthritis Support Group, but, also, picking up a project that Arthritis Care was doing - providing booklets and packs for children with arthritis and parents/carers in conjunction with Manchester Children’s Hospital.

“As chairman of Leigh Arthritis Care Support Group, I am extremely proud of Sheila who has put an immense amount of time approaching the various connections, appealing for prizes.

“Sheila has arthritis herself and also continues to work for four days a week at United Utilities in Warrington, “We are very lucky to have such a dedicated person with a dream who has carried it out to fullest extent, through Sheila’s channelled energies Leigh Arthritis Support Group will have raised arthritis awareness locally, supported Manchester Children’s Hospital, and worked with Leigh Hairdressing College and Sainsbury’s own local management and staff making this truly a community event.”

The fashion show starts at 6.30pm.

For tickets, at £5, collect from Sainsbury’s Clothing Staff Leigh Superstore or phone John Knowles on 01942 704704,