Friday Focus - Meet Dawn Gracie, the Face of A Vintage Adventure
Meeting Dawn Gracie, the face of A Vintage Adventure for Dementia Support
On the 7th of May, we are hosting A Vintage Adventure for Dementia Support combining dressing up and memories for a day of vintage fun (and an afternoon tea!). The glamourous face of the campaign is local vintage performer, Dawn Gracie.
Dawn has worked with Dementia Support for many years and is a firm favourite of our customers at Sage House. We sat down with her to chat about A Vintage Adventure and her passion for the past.
How did you start working with Dementia Support?
I first met Martha many years ago through her work with dementia and from there she became a friend.
Martha then came along to an event and told me about this amazing place that was opening. I came to Dementia Support and Sage House when it was still a shell of a building.
Why do you like working with local charities?
I’ve worked with a lot of local charities over the years because the nature of my work means I’m performing for people that fit that the demographic of 50s/60s music, but I pick charities that resonate with me.
What is your favourite era and why?
I can nail it down to my favourite year! When I first started as a vintage singer, my favourite songs came from 1958 and I don’t know why, so that's my favourite. So the late 50s/early sixties really.
What is your favourite outfit you own?
During lockdown? Anything baggy!
I also have favourite outfits that I admire but can’t wear. It’s the downside of collecting vintage clothes when I don’t fit into them.
But to wear, it’s a Delores Collectif style dress because it suits a fuller figure, especially my red spotty one.
Which part of A Vintage Adventure for Dementia Support are you most looking forward to?
Connecting with people again and celebrating another milestone with Dementia Support. It’s all the things I love: the dress-up combined with the vintage and music and memories.
What would be your top tip when coming up with your Vintage Adventure outfit?
For people wanting to take part, it is don’t overthink it or you’ll never do it, keep it as simple as you want. But if you want to go full flow, there will be lots of information coming up.
Even if it’s tying a ribbon in your hair or putting on a dickie bow, if you feel fabulous, you’ll look fabulous.
If you would like to join us and Dawn Gracie on the 7th of May, you can sign up for your fundraising pack now.