TV soap stars
turn out to make dreams come true for terminally ill children
TV heart-throb Ashley
Taylor-Dawson and 2 pals from Hollyoaks added glamour to a fashion
extravaganza at a busy shopping centre to make dreams come true for
terminally ill children.
Ashley and fellow cast members Nick Pickard and Jasmine Franks
signed autographs and posed for photographs for star-struck fans
during the event in aid of the Starlight charity at the Pyramids
Shopping Centre in fans in Birkenhead.
A troupe of 30 professional models
and cute children showcased the latest trends from the centre's top
fashion stores; including Next, River Island, H&M, Officers Club
and Miss Selfridgel; on a purple catwalk.
The show was masterminded by Wirral-based Frame Modelling and
Casting Agency. It was hosted by actress Suzanne Collins, who
played Nikki Chadwick in Brookside, and the music was supplied by
top Ibiza DJ Sean Hughes who has performed alongside the likes of
Paul Oakenfold and Calvin Harris.
Starlight is a UK-wide charity, whose supporters include Prince
William and Stephen Fry, brightens the lives of seriously and
terminally ill children by granting wishes and providing fun,
entertainment, laughter and for youngsters on children's hospital
wards and hospices.
Ashley, who plays Darren Osbourne in Hollyoaks and won a legion of
new fans while strutting his stuff on Strictly Come Dancing, was
delighted to have the opportunity to take part. He said:-
"It's all good, we've got great weather and it's a fun day out for a
great cause. It also shows you can get everything you need from the
Wirral. You don't need to go into town."
Nick Pickard, who plays Tony Hutchinson in the Channel 4 soap,
added:- "It's for Starlight which is a fantastic cause,
because the money raised goes to help terminally ill children go to
Disney Land and Lapland and things like that. They're still kids at
the end of the day."
Suzanne Collins, who has recently
finished filming for feature film called Soft Lad, and directed by
Leon Lopez, her ex on-screen boyfriend from Brookside, said:-
"I've absolutely loved today. I'm pleased with the turnout, pleased
with the weather, all of the models look gorgeous, and everyone's
worked really hard for a great cause. It shows there's a fantastic
community spirit here. I grew up coming to the Pyramids.
I used to come here to buy my school uniform. There's so much here,
and the place has really developed over the years. If you went away
for a couple of years and came back you wouldn't recognise the
Georgia Thomas, 11, a massive
Hollyoaks fan from Birkenhead, couldn't believe he eyes when she saw
her TV favourites, Nick, Ashley and Jasmine. She said:- "When
I saw then I was just like 'oh my God'. I think it's amazing to have
Christina Williams, 34, a trainee accountant from Moreton, beamed
with pride when her 2 year old son Taylor trotted down the catwalk
with his friend Macey Roberts, 2. She said:- "He's had a
lovely day out. I wasn't sure how it was going to go with him being
so young, but he took to it really well. The kids look really nice
in their clothes. The sun is out, we've got the celebs here, and
it's all for a good cause, so you can't ask for more than that
really. Everyone's a winner."
Frame Modelling and Casting Agency
director Laura Seymour, was thrilled with how the show went.
"The children have absolutely stolen the show. All of the
models look fantastic. We're showcasing over 80 pieces and the shops
at the Pyramids have been really helpful with that.
You've got London Fashion Week, you've got Liverpool Fashion Week,
and now it's time for Wirral Fashion Weekender to show that we can
do it too. We want to showcase the fashion and the talent that's
available on the Wirral. There's a lot of local pride on display
The celebrities who've come down have been great. Suzanne Collins
has supported us with a lot of charity events. Nick Pickard and the
crew from Hollyoaks have been doing stuff with us for years, and
helped us with a lot of good causes. They give their time and
they're always there at the drop of a hat.
There a lot of star-struck fans about. The kids like to see people
they see on the TV and it's a little buzz for them."
Derek Millar, Commercial Director
of Pyramids Shopping Centre, said:- "The Wirral Fashion
Weekender is a great concept and shoppers really enjoyed the shows.
There was a real buzz about the place and the atmosphere was s
There was a really positive vibe around the shopping centre and
everyone had a great time."
For more information about Starlight please visit
website and for more information about
the Pyramids Shopping Centre go to:-