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Weston Hospicecare gets 3,400 from clothes sale
Pat Daniells
The sale of Pat's wardrobe raised 3,400 for charity

A huge sale of designer clothes in Weston-super-Mare has closed a day early after selling out and raising £3,400 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 sale, which featured a Stella McCartney dress and Armani suits, ran on Friday and Saturday.

Pat's husband, John Hutson, said selling her clothes was 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.

Pat's Boutique logo
The sale benefited Weston Hospicecare

"When she knew 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 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," added 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 ..."

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