Smart Works & Careaux Fundraiser

When sisters Laura and Rachel Beattie of Careaux gave me a call to ask for my help, there was no way I was going to say no.

They are the absolute best and when I heard they were doing a charity fundraiser in co-ordination with Smart Works I jumped at the chance to go and take photographs at the event.


Careaux is a luxury ethical womenswear brand, founded by the sisters and coming from an idea of Rachel's when she was fourteen.

Smart Works

Smart Works Greater Manchester services are open to unemployed women across Greater Manchester and further afield.

Their ‘Job Help-Career Coaching’ service supports women who are looking for work – with CV writing, job application support or just giving women the confidence to move forwards in their job search. Their ‘First Dressing – Interview styling and Preparation’ service supports women who have a confirmed job interview for a paid position or apprenticeship. Women receive a high-quality interview outfit and one-to-one interview coaching.

Manchester Hall

The charity fundraiser, was held on the 12th September 2019 in the Museum Room at the beautiful Manchester Hall.

The charity event was attended by over 100 incredible women, all there to support women into work. The evening began with a drinks and canapés reception whilst the guests arrived.

Independent Local Business Women

There were also several local independent women-owned businesses showcasing their products to raise money for Smart Works, including Freya Hill Creations - beautiful handmade headbands from up-cycled fabrics.

Each guest received a goody bag filled with ethical, vegan and cruelty free goodies from incredible women-owned businesses. The goody bag itself was printed by Inkthreadable in Blackburn. The tote bag was 100% organic cotton and printed using vegan and environmentally friendly water-based inks. The print was of the limited edition print created by the very talented Corina Fay illustration.

The goody bags included a beautiful lip balm from BAO skincare. Sana Jardin very generously donated samples of their incredible perfume collection.


Host Sarah introduced Smart Works then introduced the speakers including the Fiona the manager of Smart Works Greater Manchester, Jan Iceton, the Chair. Then Rachel and Laura said a few lovely words. .

The Raffle!

The event raised over £5000! Smart Works is a charity which empowers and supports women, so hats off to them and well done to everyone involved.