Katwalk relaunch raises big bucks for Dawson campaign

Fundraising organisers Kat Lichaj  and Jenny Vallance were collecting cash and selling raffle tickets for Dawson.
Fundraising organisers Kat Lichaj and Jenny Vallance were collecting cash and selling raffle tickets for Dawson.

A clothes shop in Annesley Woodhouse marked its expansion with a fundraising day, raising £1,300 for tiny cancer victim Dawson Willcock.

Katherine (Kat) Lichaj, wife of Nottingham Forest player and American international Eric Lichaj, relaunched her fashion outlet Katwalk Kouture on Forest Road, Annesley Woodhouse, on Sunday.

Miss Mansfield 2017  Chloe Rose Adkin and Madison Cantril, 10 at the relaunch of Kat Kouture in Annesley Woodhouse.

Miss Mansfield 2017 Chloe Rose Adkin and Madison Cantril, 10 at the relaunch of Kat Kouture in Annesley Woodhouse.

Kat, 27, has been busy expanding the business which she started in November last year.

The shop sells ladies’ and children’s affordable fashion and is going from strength to strength.

She said:”We have extended the shop into the flat behind as we needed more room. We asked to change the use from residential to business and took the wall out.

“Today we are opening to welcome the community into our shop and we are raising money for a very good cause.”

Katherine (Kat) Lichaj  at teh relaunch of Kat Kouture.

Katherine (Kat) Lichaj at teh relaunch of Kat Kouture.

As shoppers browsed for bargains local businesses chipped in to give the event a carnival atmosphere.

Kat added: “Everyone had been really great, Sauce and Brown fashion boutique opened specially on a Sunday, the WMC next door opened up and let us put the bouncy castle up.”

Barlow’s butchers and Bistro provided free food with donations paid going to Dawson’s appeal and a disco was banging out tunes in the back yard.

The event was also attended by Miss Mansfield Chloe-Rose Adkin.

Looking for a pretty new dress at the Katwalk Kouture sale is Eleanor Wilkinson and daughter Edith.

Looking for a pretty new dress at the Katwalk Kouture sale is Eleanor Wilkinson and daughter Edith.

Mum-of-two Kat married Forest right-back Lichaj in 2013,

A former manager for NEXT, she started the business at their home, selling prom dresses online. Eric was due to join the relaunch after a training session prior to this week’s Championship with Barnsley

She said: “Eric loves the shop – he’s helped me to paint it and convert it. He’s glad we have got all the dresses out of the house . The room they were in is now used as his ‘man cave’.

Meanwhile, an auction on the Katwalk Kouture Facebook page for a box at Nottingham Forest has reached £1,600.