Teenage fundraiser Jessica Watts hopes her “Fab in Feb” fashion and talent show will be all the rage as she sets about boosting the Mayor of Walsall’s Charity Appeal.
Jessica, a past Princess of Bloxwich Carnival who carries the title Miss Teen Walsall Galaxy and will represent the town in the national competition in March, will be staging her own show at the Village Hotel in Walsall on Sunday 19 February.
And the stars sashaying down the catwalk will be the young people and helpers from all three charities that the Mayor is supporting during his term.
As well as giving Kate Moss a run for her money, the charities will also be showcasing youngsters’ talents with songs, poetry and performances featured in between the fashions.
Jessica, who is 16 and lives in Bloxwich, said she was “excited and nervous” about the event.
“I wanted to make the charities the stars of the show which is why all the models will be drawn from the three causes that the Mayor is raising money for,” explained Jessica who is a beauty apprentice at Chatabox in Leamore.
“It will feature up to 20 models, including the young people and helpers associated with the charities, and we will show clothes from some of Walsall’s independent fashion shops as well as the larger stores.
“We will also have a talent element to the show so that young people can sing a song, or recite a poem or dance for the audience. The show is all about them and they will be taking centre stage.”
Tickets cost £5, to include free entry into a prize draw, and will be going on sale later this month (January).
The Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Garry Perry, said: “Fab in Feb sounds like a great way to banish the Winter blues and enjoy some retail therapy.
“Jessica has been a wonderful fundraising ambassador so far during my term and she is working hard to engage young people in the borough.
“To feature the young people connected to my charities is a lovely idea and I’m sure they’ll have a ball.”
The Mayor’s Charity Appeal is for The Creating Chances Trust, The Swing and PROUD (Parents Relatives and Others Understanding Down’s Syndrome).