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Emily Cashes In!

In April 2015 The Civic hosted a Fashion Show fundraising event in partnership with Barnsley Hospice. Events Management student Emily Ritchie successfully managed the event as part of her work placement at The Civic.

The two charities joined forces to bring the ladies of Barnsley a great ‘Girls Night Out’ at The Civic, with a fashion show and shopping from Barnsley Market’s very own The Closet Queen, along with items from the Barnsley Hospice Charity shops. Table tickets for the event sold-out almost instantly and the event raised £2025 altogether for The Civic and Barnsley Hospice.

Helen Ball (Chief Executive at The Civic) comments the Fashion Show “was a great success” and praises Emily’s skills: “Emily organised and delivered the evening exceptionally well. As a result of her efforts the event brought lots of new people into our venue and raised much needed funds for a fantastic cause”.

Emily Ritchie, 21-year-old undergraduate from the University of Chester (and Barnsley resident), began her work placement at The Civic in September 2014, as “It was the only placement opportunity that I had seen that interested me and would be beneficial to me and my degree.” Since then Emily has been putting her academic learning into practice and has become a valued member of The Civic’s team.

With the support of Helen, Emily project managed the Fashion Show fundraising event; “I was the main point of contact for The Civic and organised the set up on the day, all of which had to be done within a strict budget". Emily continues: “Being involved in the partnership with Barnsley Hospice has allowed me to work alongside experienced industry professionals, who provided valuable guidance and advice.”

Organising The Civic’s first fundraising event in partnership with Barnsley Hospice was not without its difficulties for Emily; “Setting up the event on the day was challenging” Emily explains, “I wanted to make sure that everyone had a good view of the catwalk… this experience has enabled me to build confidence in dealing with a wide range of people, and identify my strengths and weaknesses."

Emily is extremely proud of her achievements, and with the substantial funds raised. She explains: “This money will help The Civic become more sustainable, ensuring they continue to provide high quality arts experiences for the people of Barnsley. It will also allow Barnsley Hospice to continue offering specialist care and support.”