Coppergate Centre Teaches Body Confidence

718confidenceCoppergate Shopping Centre just held its first-ever Body Confidence Day, thanks to the efforts of four classmates from Joseph Rowntree School. According to The York Press, Molly Horner, Lucy Freer, Megan Guest, and Alison Coates have been campaigning for months to secure backing for the day, which they hope to be the first of many.

The four girls, who attend Joseph Rowntree School in New Earswick, wrote to 80 companies last October to try and secure backing to put on a day of workshops for their classmates to promote positive body image.

Out of the two who replied, Jones Lang LaSalle, which runs the Coppergate Centre, said “yes” and the company’s marketing executive at Coppergate, Grace Easter, has been working with the girls ever since.

Miss Easter said: “It has been a really great day and I am hoping that this becomes a bit of a hub for them and somewhere they can come to break down those barriers of negative body image.”

“Everyone we approached to help us with today has been so eager to get involved … The girls are fantastic to work with and are really pro-active.”

50 girls from the school attended the event and enjoyed a full day of confidence-boosting activities. They listened to talks from The York Press’s Maxine Gordon and Miss York 2013, Leslie Knight.

There was also an interactive workshop from Pure Creative Arts, a discussion on body shape from Topshop, and natural beauty tips from The Body Shop. Trade Secret covered the secrets of great hair, Clinque had skincare workshops, and Fenwick Restaurant gave the girls a chance to win at Guess the Calories.

In a lovely touch, Body Gossip had the girls ‘Tell Everyone’ their favorite features—the things about themselves they loved the most. We’ve shared a photo set of the results and the rest of the event on our Facebook page.

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