THREE charities will benefit from a celebrity fashion parade at a fundraising event in the region.

Fashion Match takes place on Friday, March 22 in a marquee at the Newcastle Falcons's Kingston Park ground, with some of the UK and North-East's best loved sports stars and celebrities turning models for the evening.

They will include Ralf Little of Royle Family fame and former Newcastle United and England star Rob Lee.

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A total of £180,000 has already been raised in ticket sales from the 650 guests.

Organisers anticipate the event will raise about £300,000 for Marie Curie, The Children's Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital and the Chef's Adopt a School Charity.

North-East businessman Ian Watson of Hadrian Health Care and Graham Wylie owner of the Close House Hotel, Northumberland, and TSG have masterminded the event.

Comedian Bobby Davro will host with Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet performing with his 12 piece band.

North-East chef Terry Laybourne and a team including Simon Walsh from Close House and Kenny Atkinson from Rockliffe Hall, near Darlington, will put together a spectacular menu for 650 guests.

Mr Watson said "I'm staggered by the incredible generosity of the business and professional community in the North-East who have got behind this exciting event."

Mr Wylie said "I want to be able to raise as much money as possible for our three special charities."