Smart Works Annual Fundraiser Raises £13000 for Women’s Charity

Smart Works a charity which helps women back into the workplace hosted a fundraising brunch at Badgemore Park last week.

For the event on the 16 May Smart Works Reading Ambassador, celebrity stylist and ex-Vogue Fashion Editor Virginia (Ginnie) Chadwyck-Healey was one of our speakers.  Ginnie recently visited the charity’s office in Reading where she worked with clients, dressing them ready for interview.

Reading is one of seven Smart Work centres in the UK, the Reading team help women in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.  The charity offers styling and interview coaching for women returning to work.  Supporters include Burberry, Hobbs and Bobbi Brown, as well as corporates such as Microsoft, VMWare and Oracle.

Other special guests were Donna Ida, owner of The Ultimate Denim Destination and creator of DONNA IDA, the denim based fashion brand.  Known as the Jean Queen, her jeans are worn by fashion editors, street style icon and influencer.  Donna shared her story with the 100 guests alongside fashion founder Nayna McIntosh.  Nayna founded British womenswear brand Hope at the age of 52 after a corporate career at Marks & Spencer.

Event organiser and Smart Works Trustee Maggie McMillan said:

“This was our 4th similar annual fundraising event, each one slightly different and bigger and better than the last.  This year we raised £13,000, an amazing total achieved with outstanding support from local businesses and friends which will be invaluable in helping us to grow our outreach programme so more women in and outside Reading and across the Thames Valley can find out about our services and can access them more easily.”