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Hair & Media Make-up students impress runway models with their professionalism and talent at local charity fundraiser

Each year, the Enrichment Team at Warrington & Vale Royal College work hard to deliver experiences and opportunities that enhance students’ time at the college. This year, they have been working closely with St Rocco’s Hospice, a local charity that delivers free care to those with life-limiting conditions. The fruition of this partnership has meant that the college can both support the charity’s fundraising efforts and enrich the experiences of students.

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On Friday 17th June, some of the colleges hair & media make-up students got the chance to attend a dazzling fundraising event hosted by the charity: their annual Fashion, Food and Fizz extravaganza. Guests arrived at the Park Royal Hotel to a red-carpet reception and a delicious two course meal, before being treated to a fabulous fashion show. Eleven models, with little to no previous modelling experience, took to the catwalk to raise funds for the charity; having each been glammed-up by Warrington & Vale Royal College’s hair & media make-up students.

This was an amazing enrichment opportunity for the students, who thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with live clients. Katherine, one of the models, said: "I just wanted to say a big thank you to the make-up team for all your help. I especially wanted to say a big thank you to Sarah who was fantastic and does the college great credit. She is so pleasant and professional, she listened carefully to everything I asked for and took great care. I felt my make-up looked great and it really helped my confidence.”

Rayner Cunniffe, Hair & Media Make-up Lecturer at Warrington & Vale College, said: “The show was absolutely great. The students gained lots of experience and confidence by working with the models. It was a fast paced and fun event with a great atmosphere. The students got to see me work and apply makeup which really inspired them, and we got great feedback from the models who felt confident on the runway!”

Warrington & Vale Royal College started working with St Rocco’s at the start of this year, and note that the charity has already provided an array of opportunities for students. On top of this recent fundraiser, it’s hoped that an art-based project will be commencing in the new academic year, and the college’s creative media students are currently producing a short video to be used across all of the charity’s social media accounts, to promote a day in the life of St Rocco's. Watch this space!

Courteney Ford, Enrichment Officer at the college, said: “The opportunity to work with a live client and a professional brief is fantastic for our students and it has been amazing to help provide them with these opportunities. This partnership may have started with the Enrichment Team, but wouldn't have been possible without a lot of hard work from other members of staff. These are: Stephanie Doyle, our Advanced Creative & Digital Skills Centre Business Manager, Lisa Hoyle, one of our media lecturers and Rayner Cunniffe, our Hair & Media Make-up Lecturer.”

Warrington & Vale Royal College wish to congratulate the hair & media make-up students for their hard work and for the fantastic impression they made, and very much look forward to seeing what else this newfound partnership can bring. If you’ve a passion for all things hair and make-up, take a look at the courses on offer at our college by visiting