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Student organisers and models visiting Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson to hand over the record-breaking cheque

The sell-out St Andrews Charity Fashion Show (FS) has raised £27,500 for the University of St Andrews’ 600th Anniversary Campaign.

Student organisers and models visited Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson yesterday (Wednesday 3 April, 2013) to hand-over the record-breaking cheque – for the highest amount raised in FS history.

The funds will benefit the Wardlaw Scholarship scheme, which provides financial assistance for academically gifted students who would otherwise struggle with the cost of studying at Scotland’s oldest university.

FS Director Guy Hartley said:

“I would like to personally thank all our guests for helping us raise a fantastic sum of money for the University but also to our dedicated team of committee and models. Our inaugural London night FS 2013 was without doubt our best show to date and demonstrates the incredible results talented groups of students can achieve.”

FS is the largest student-run charity fashion show in the UK and over the past 21 years has raised over £300,000 for a variety of worthwhile charities.

This year FS broke their own fundraising records by engaging in a number of creative activities in support of the University’s 600th Anniversary, including:

  • Selling shaving foam to Raisin Monday revellers,
  • Recruiting corporate sponsorship from companies including Swarovski and Alfa Romeo,
  • Publishing an online magazine,
  • And running two February fashion shows – one in St Andrews and one in Covent Garden during London Fashion Week.

FS Assistant Director Andrew Ratomski said:

“FS 2013 is proud to give back to our own University during its 600th Anniversary and to celebrate its long and astounding heritage. The University of St Andrews has given us invaluable experiences and we hope to provide the same opportunity for other students in the future.”

The St Andrews Wardlaw Scholarship scheme was established in 2004 and provides assistance with the cost of accommodation. Awards are based on financial need, although some are also specific to geography or subject. They allow the recipients the freedom to concentrate on achieving a world-class education, and to make the most of their St Andrews experience. To date almost 80 Wardlaw Scholars have graduated from the University.

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