The 18th anniversary bash of one Kendal's most successful boutiques has raised over a staggering £3,500 for a local charity. 

The fundraising party was attended by South Lakes MP Tim Farron with entertainment from author and Jeremy Vine presenter Suzan Holder - the wife of Slade frontman Noddy. 

The clothing store, Destination Maya Maya, at Dockray Hall, offers clothing from casual wear to event wear including a hire service.

The big bash took place on Friday October 20 at The Venue at Anyam Road and was also a fundraising effort for the Bendrigg Trust.

The local charity helps provide activity breaks for schools, groups, families and adults with disabilities. 

The Bendrigg Trust promotes inclusion, encourages independence and aims to build self-confidence through the safe provision of adventurous activities.

£5 from every £10 ticket sold went directly to the trust as did money raised on the night.

The Westmorland Gazette: (Left to right) Bev Tyson, Suzan Holder and Amanda Slattery

The 18 years' celebration also saw dancing to live music provided by co-owner Steve's band, the Pazoozalators, with Suzan Holder telling of all the experiences that have shaped her life and books - including those of being married to a rock star

Owner Amanda Slattery said: "It was a real celebration with everybody joining in and it felt like there was a real community spirit.

"Suzan Holder entertained everybody and also spoke about her husband's battle with cancer which became public knowledge in the news this week.

"Tim Farron MP attended and we heard from Andrew Goodacre, CEO of BIRA (British Independent Retailers Association). Supporting Small business was definitely a theme.

"There were lots of laughs and lots of love and we raised over £3500 for Bendrigg Trust.

"It was a great location at The Venue and there were lots of sore feet with some serious dancing to The Pazoozalators.
"It just felt right, the whole night flowed and everyone had a great time. We'd like to thank everybody who came to join our celebration and also to everyone who donated." 

Previous to the 18-year anniversary bash, the store had raised around £55,000 for local charities, with the new amount now getting it closer to the £60,000 mark.