A fashion show organised by a Derry teenager to help children and families affected by cancer has raised thousands of pounds.
Two time cancer survivor, Jamie Harkin set-up a Facebook page called ‘Jamie’s Journie’ to raise money for local families affected by cancer.
Last weekend, Jamie hosted the ‘Best Foot Forward Fashion Extravaganza’ in Pitcher’s Wine Bar and Restaurant.
All of the children and young people who took part in the fashion show either have or have had cancer or have a loved one who has the illness.
“It was a great success,” Jamie told the ‘Journal’.
“I can’t thank everyone enough for coming out to support ‘Jamie’s Journie’. I would like to especially thank Pitcher’s for everything they did - without them we would not have been able to pull it off.”
The total amount raised is expected to be more than £3,000.
Some of the money will be used to develop a website for ‘Jamie’s Journie’ but the rest will go towards helping local families.
“I want to use some of the money to create a better website. A better website would mean that it would be easier for people affected by cancer to get in touch.
“The rest of the money will be used to help young people affected by cancer in Derry and the wider North West.
“For example, there is one young girl who is being treated for cancer - we were able to use the money to buy her a hamper packed full of all of the essentials she needs whilst in hospital.”
Well known local entertainer, Michael Doherty, was compere at the fashion show and special guests included Batman, Iron Man and Elsa from Disney film ‘Frozen’.
“I chatted to a few of the young people after the fashion show and they all said they had an absolute ball,” said Jamie.
“I know what it is like to have cancer - I know how lonely it can be. The reason I set-up ‘Jamie’s Journie’ and the reason I organised the fashion show is because I want other young people out there affected by cancer to know they are not alone.”