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Pat's Boutique clothes sale aids Weston Hospicecare
Inside Pat's Boutique
Pat's huge collection includes a Stella McCaretney dress

A huge collection of designer clothes will go on sale in Weston-super-Mare to raise money for charity.

The wardrobe belonged to journalist and public relations manager Pat Daniells, who died in 2009 of cancer, aged 53.

Her family decided to sell off the clothes to raise money for Weston Hospicecare who helped look after her.

The collection includes a Stella McCartney dress and some Armani stage suits worn by Tubular Bells musician Mike Oldfield.

Pat's husband, John Hutson, said selling her clothes is a "bittersweet" experience.

"I was a bit dewy-eyed when I came up to look at the shop this week," he told BBC Bristol.

"When I actually looked around it and saw the way that it's been branded, with Pat's picture everywhere and everything beautifully laid out, I know it's what she wanted.

"When she know she didn't have long left she began to panic about what would happen to this massive collection.

"I said why don't we have a fashion show and sell it off for Weston Hospicecare - and she thought that was the best idea.

Pat's Boutique logo
The sale will benefit Weston Hospicecare

"I'm proud and excited that it's all here, I can look at individual items and remember where we were, and remember her wearing them.

"That's sort-of sad but people are going to get happiness from this and best of all Weston Hospicecare will get money from it."

Pat has been described as a real-life version of the Absolutely Fabulous character Patsy - well known for her extravagant lifestyle.

"Anyone who met her never forgot her," said John.

"She used to run Outright PR in Clifton and she'd always be there with a bottle of Bolly in one hand, the naughty cigarette, the big hair, bouncing around ..."

"A lot of people want to remember Pat. Lots of her friends have helped sort this stuff out and they're coming along.

"It's time to remember her and celebrate her life."




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