“An inspiring evening”

Royds Withy King were once again delighted to work alongside Nicola Cale and the Silverlining to put on our second joint-venture fashion show at Rhodes House in Oxford, to celebrate the inspirational and astonishing achievements of our clients and the Silverliners.

The night aimed to build upon 2015’s inaugural event, and to provide all of those involved with the opportunity to challenge preconception, and to demonstrate, as Mary-Jane stated after the first show, that the sky really is the limit.

All of the models wore a range of clothing generously provided by Jigsaw and Oxford’s own bespoke men’s tailors Clements and Church. Hair was styled by Electric of London, with make-up by Katie Reay Scott.

The event saw over twenty disabled and able-bodied models hit the runway to raise money for the Silverlining charity, alongside Emporio Armani and Hugo Boss new-boy Kit Butler, who first appeared as a model in the original show in 2015.

At Royds Withy King, we strive to put our clients’ interests at the heart of everything we do. We build long-lasting relationships with our clients based on mutual respect and understanding, and we continue to evolve these relationships long after a claim is won by administering their compensation awards. We create a Team Around the Client.

The event inspired our clients, and the Silverliners, to change their perceptions of themselves and of others around them. It allowed them to prove to themselves that their disability does not define them, and that, in a fun and relaxed setting, they can flourish. It was also a celebration of family and a recognition of the invaluable contribution of parents, siblings and children to the team. We are enormously proud that we have been able to empower and enfranchise them in this way.

We could not put it better than our own client Marsha Carty, who resolutely declared on the night that “people think that disabled people are not able to do this sort of thing but I can and I will”.

Ryan Howe, who attended the event, said that it was “a wonderful evening. The fashion, venue, delivery and atmosphere were impeccable!”.

Nicola Cale said: “The fashion show provides a marvellous therapeutic benefit for all of our models, many of whom were supported by their friends and families, which helped to create an inclusive and vibrant atmosphere on the night”.

Tracy Norris-Evans said: “Some of the models have been clients for over twenty years, and it was wonderful to see them out on the runway, especially as for many it takes real courage to perform in front of an audience that size”.