Former South Hampstead High School student putting on fashion show for Save the Children
PUBLISHED: 11:48 23 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:48 23 November 2018
A Hampstead student who has witnessed first hand the horrors of poverty and war around the world is determined to give something back via her flair for fashion.
Natalie Spencer is producing a fashion show at UCS Hampstead in aid of Save the Children, an international organisation that supports children in developing countries by offering protection and education in times of war and famine.
The former South Hampstead High School student, now in her second year reading history at King’s College London, chose the charity in part due to her experiences living in Lebanon and Ghana in her younger years.
Natalie, who has Ghanian citizenship as her grandparents moved to Africa from Lebanon when they were in their 20s to start a new life, told the Gazette: “I have been privileged enough to be raised in-between these three disparate cultures and I have not only witnessed poverty but I have interacted with it and connected to individuals who have changed my perspective towards life.
“It is so important for me to ensure that such children have the adequate basic living and health conditions that they deserve, for even with practically nothing, they spread positive energy and always hold the biggest smile.”
While in Lebanon, Natalie was exposed to the ruins of war and met several refugees who have suffered the consequences of their war-torn countries.
She said: “It is heartbreaking and I feel like not enough is being done to help alleviate some struggles that they deal with.
“Children should never have to suffer and their parents should not have to deal with this worry. While all of the children that Save the Children helps are strong and empowering individuals who endure so much trauma at such a young age, I really do feel that those of us who are privileged should do more to help, even if it is the price of a coffee.”
The theme of the show is “legacy”, celebrating collections of past designers, but also a new age where fashion meets politics and technology. There will also be a great emphasis placed in freedom of expression and global diversity.
The show takes place at 7pm in the grand hall of the school on Friday, November 30. To buy a ticket, which range between £12 and £16 in price, search for “colours of life” at tickettailor.com.