Burlesque dancers take centre stage at Norwich store’s charity day

A burlesque dancer took centre stage at a Norwich store this weekend in aid of a domestic abuse charity.

Visitors to the Benefit beauty bar at Debenhams on Saturday were treated to the sight of Frenchie Debonaire, a burlesque dancer and teacher, who was at the store as part of a bid to help raise money in aid of Refuge.

Beth Hollis, business manager for Benefit at Debenhams, said the charity for women and children against domestic abuse, was chosen by the company as it was not that well known.

She said: 'It's a great cause. We had a burlesque lady here with us most of the day to go out and promote it and talk about Refuge and we had some scaffolders come in and get their legs waxed.'

People also brought in prizes and cakes as part of a series of fundraising events at the store which tied in the day with the launch of six new lip glosses.

The store was hoping to raise about �1,000 for the charity at the end of the fundraising campaign which started on June 15 and ended on Saturday.

The Norwich event was held in addition to Benefit's Mascarathon which saw celebrities, including Caroline Flack, take part in a run from Edinburgh to London.