‘Ladies In Hats’ Swap Day Job for Catwalk 

Melanie Hunnaball (seated) with staff at Hunnaball Family Funeral Directors, models and organisers of the show

Melanie Hunnaball (seated) with staff at Hunnaball Family Funeral Directors, models and organisers of the show

An evening of fashion has raised £1300 for local charity EACH.

Ladies at local family Funeral Directors, Hunnaball of Ipswich swapped their day jobs to model in a charity fashion show as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations.  The event, at the Belstead Brook Muthu Hotel saw more than 120 guests enjoy an impressive catwalk show, with collections from Cake and Catwalk, Marianna and Coes of Ipswich.

Trevor and Melanie Hunnaball created their team of outstanding lady funeral directors in Ipswich in 1996 who have become known as the ‘Ladies in Hats.’

“It was fantastic to see the staff really enjoying themselves and doing something totally different from their day job.” Commented Melanie Hunnaball. 

“ This year, The Dove House branch in Norwich Road celebrates 20 years of service to Ipswich. To commemorate this landmark year, we decided to organise some special events, including taking vintage teas to care homes, setting up a ‘Ladies in Hats’ afternoon tea and friendship groups, and hosting events at Hintlesham Hall and the fashion show at Belstead Brook Hotel. We wanted to celebrate in a way that we could bring the community together and have fun.”
She added. “I would like to thank Lynn Turner of Cake and Catwalk who organised the show brilliantly and for the fantastic support from Arabella Brown at Marianna Boutique and Fiona Coe of Coes in Ipswich and of course all the models who gave up their time. I would also like to thank Vicki Smith and the team at The Belstead Brook Muthu Hotel.”

“Finally I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the event and supported such a fantastic local charity. The EACH children’s hospice relies on the generosity and efforts of people and fundraising events to help build precious memories for families looking after very sick children, and supporting their families at such difficult times.” 

“The Fashion Show was a fantastic event and the money raised was amazing.” Commented Natasha Brame, Fundraiser at EACH. 

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part. The support of companies such as Hunnaball Family Funeral Group makes a big difference at EACH, enabling us to continue providing our vital services, including short-break care, end of life care and bereavement support to children, young people and their families.”

As well as the selection of fashion and accessories guests were also treated to canapés and champagne by the team at the Belstead Brook Muthu Hotel.

Vicki Smith, Conference Manager at the Belstead Brook Hotel said: “We’re pleased to have been able to support such a fantastic cause which has raised a great amount of money for an extremely deserving charity.”

This year also sees the opening of a new branch in Spring Road, serving east Ipswich and outlying areas.  This branch will offer the wider services of the family business with their team of ‘Gentlemen in Hats’ - a memorial showroom, and other specialist funeral services for multi-faith communities.


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