Illustration: Hayley McDonald, BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration. Bags created by Max Cunningham, Isabella Kerovirta, Sienne McNiven - all BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories.

LCF Social Responsibility are currently working with the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) on their annual Bag Ladies fundraising event, taking place on Wednesday 1st July 2015 and hosted by the Royal Bank of Scotland at their stunning Bishopsgate venue.

Illustration: Hayley McDonald, BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration. Bags created by Max Cunningham, Isabella Kerovirta, Sienne McNiven - all BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories.

Illustration: Hayley McDonald, BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration. Bags created by Max Cunningham, Isabella Kerovirta, Sienne McNiven – all BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories.

Bag Ladies 2015 will be BAAF’s ninth designer handbag auction, an annual event to raise money for the thousands of children who are in care, or looking to be fostered or adopted. Over the years, the charity has raised in excess of £145,000 through this event. Last year brands such as Alexander McQueen, Dior, Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham donated bags, raising over £25,000.

LCF students from BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories have designed and produced bags that will be entered into the designer handbag auction alongside contributions from Jimmy Choo, Bally, Whistles and Ally Capellino, with all proceeds being donated to the charity.

Sienna McNiven, who is undertaking her second year on the BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories course spoke about the cause:

“Having an Aunt that has devoted her life to looking after children; from nursing terminally ill infants in her home, to fostering many children and adopting three of her own; I understand the trials and tribulations of fostering and adoption. All children should be loved and cared for and it is vital that money is raised to support and campaign for better care. This is why I wanted to be part of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering charity event and raise some money for such a wonderful cause that is so close to my heart.”

Students from BA (Hons) Fashion Public Relations and Communication are volunteering their time to assist BAAF in promoting the event through its social media platforms, while students from BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration have been creating imagery of the donated handbags ahead of the event.

At the event, guests can network while supporting this terrific charity at the stylish evening reception, enjoying drinks and canapes, receiving a goody bag packed full of freebies, vouchers and fashionable treats. As well as taking part in the fundraising raffle, guests can bid for and win designer handbags.

The money raised goes towards the vital work BAAF is doing, finding permanent families for 91,000 vulnerable children in care in the UK today, including the 4,000 children waiting to be adopted. And raising awareness that, at the same time, there is a shortage of adoptive parents willing to take on these children who, as a result of their early experiences, often have significant problems.