All Press Releases for August 12, 2010

Rias Employees Hit the Fashion Runway for Macmillam

RIAS employees taking to the catwalk for Macmillan Cancer Support; free event at Castlepoint Shopping Centre on Saturday, 14 August.

    BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND, August 12, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Bournemouth-based over-50s insurance provider RIAS is holding a free fashion show, in association with Marks & Spencer, Miss Selfridge and Next, on Saturday 14 August at Castlepoint Shopping Centre to raise funds for its employee charity of the year, Macmillan Cancer Support.

The live catwalk event, which will feature RIAS employees modelling the Autumn and Winter collections from the three stores, will feature seven fashion shows, each lasting 20 minutes, every hour between 10am and 4pm.

Janet Connor, Managing Director RIAS, said: "After the fantastic success of last year's event, we are delighted to be hosting the free RIAS Fashion Show again at Castlepoint Shopping Centre. 20 employees have volunteered their spare time to contribute towards the day, from taking to the catwalk and modelling the latest collections, to helping out behind the scenes. The Fashion Show is the latest event in our fundraising calendar, and all donations made throughout the day will help us towards reaching our annual fundraising target of GBP25,000 for our worthy charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, which is close to the hearts of our employees and our customers."

Since January over 100 RIAS employees have completed daring challenges and fundraising to help make a difference to the lives of those diagnosed with cancer, from taking part in the Dorset Bike Ride to abseiling down the Water Tower in Poole.

To make a donation to RIAS' charity of the year, Macmillan Cancer Support, please visit their fundraising page at

RIAS was established in 1992 and is a specialist award-winning provider of insurance products for the over-50s age group.

Part of Fortis (Insurance UK) Limited, RIAS has nearly a million motor, home and travel insurance customers and employs over 1,100 people across two UK sites. RIAS negotiates with a panel of insurers to secure competitive, value for money products.

As a leading provider of award-winning personal and commercial lines insurance solutions in the UK, Fortis has a successful customer-centric strategy, founded on aligning its activities to how customers want to buy insurance, combined with delivering high quality products, manufactured at costs better than market norms.

Insuring in the region of 7 million customers and working with a range of partners, Fortis is recognised for delivering consistent and high-quality customer experiences. In 2009, its non-life profit before tax and interest was GBP29 million and its non-life GWP was GBP805 million.

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