A BUSINESSWOMAN from Romsey held a ‘sale of the century’ and raised hundreds of pounds for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Fiona Mobbs, from West Wellow, owned an abundance of pre-loved ladies’ clothes and accessories left from her stylish mother.

The fashion consultant therefore decided to hold a giant clothes sale to raise funds for her favourite charity.

The image consultant opened her home in May and throughout the June Jubilee bank holiday for appointments to view, try on and buy from the collection before restoring her home to normal on June 6.

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The event dubbed the ‘sale of the century’ raised more than £500 for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA).

Fiona said: “I have always been a supporter of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance as they do such an important job.

“When I discovered that I had over 600 items, many of them prestigious brands like Jaegar and Berketex, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to raise some funds by finding them appreciative new owners.”

Fiona spent much of April cleaning, ironing and cataloguing what she had ready for sale. Bringing her professional expertise to bear, Fiona was also able to curate items for buyers based on what she knew they would like and would suit them.

Most of the items on sale used to belong to Fiona's mum, Sheila who died in February this year. Sheila loved clothes shopping and collecting clothes and accessories.

Fiona, who runs business Your Colour & Style, said: “My mum was always very stylish and so I found myself in possession of a wide range of sizes and colours that would suit wedding guests, cruisers or ladies who love to look elegant.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the sale: some appointments were with my existing customers, but some were people who I had never met before and saw my promotions. It was lovely to see them all - and to see them leave with some bargain but beautiful purchases.

“I’d like to thank everyone who bought something as well as everyone who shared details of the sale. With their support, I am proud to have done my bit in my own stylish way for such a useful cause.”

Fiona was “delighted” to present the HIOWAA with a cheque for £550.

Natalie Russell, support engagement officer for the air ambulance, accepted the cheque and the remaining clothes to sell on in bulk.


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