STAFF at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils got up on the catwalk during their lunch break to raise funds for good causes.

The employees, including senior managers and directors, strutted their stuff in the council chamber at Crowmarsh, near Wallingford.

Fellow staff and councillors paid to watch the fashion show and there was also a raffle for prizes donated by local businesses. All the clothes from the show, and any donated for the event, were available for staff to swap or buy.

The event raised £325 and all the proceeds will go to both councils’ chairman’s charities, which include the Richard Burns Foundation, Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children, Compassion in World Farming, Help for Heroes and South and Vale Carers.

SODC chairman Felix Bloomfield said: “This was an excellent initiative from staff. In these tough times with everyone looking to save money, swapping nearly-new outfits is a great way for people to get a new look without having to spend out a fortune.”

Vale chairman Alison Thomson said: “Most people have outfits in their wardrobes that get bought but never see the light of day, some even with the tags still on. I think this was an excellent idea to put these outfits to good use and at the same time raise money for some very worthy causes.”