Well dressed are a charitable fit


Bargain hunting fashionistas helped to raise nearly £11,000 for a foster home in northern Israel at a designer clothes and accessories sale organised by the MyIsrael youth committee.

A predominantly female crowd of 250 waited expectantly at the doors of Camden's Proud Galleries for the Closet Den event, featuring dresses by Erdem and Chloe, shoes by Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin, as well as some of the current handbags of choice.

Popular picks included jewellery by Israeli designer Dana Levy, Acne jeans and Halston cocktail dresses, as well as high-priced beauty products by Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown.

The raffle winner walked away with this year's must-have bag, the Mulberry Tillie, worth more than £1,000.

The event was the first organised by the committee and supported Bet Hayeled, a secure home for abused and orphaned Israeli children. The proceeds will fund the care of one child for a year.

Bet Hayeled is one of several projects under the umbrella of the MyIsrael Fund, set up in 2008 to enable Britons to support smaller Israeli charities.

"The event went extremely well, far better than we imagined," said organiser Lydia Ingram.

"We aimed to encourage people to buy as much as possible.

"After all, it was one shopping experience where they didn't need to feel guilty about how much they were spending since all the money was going to charity."

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