Stepping out to beat breast cancer
The Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal annual fashion show is a very special event.
This year’s show featured 21 breast cancer survivors – including a mother and daughter – who took to the red carpet to showcase a range of fashions from Grand Arcade retailers.
Many of the audience are friends and family of the models and the atmosphere is supportive, loving and intoxicatingly uplifting.
Raising funds for Addenbrooke’s Breast Cancer Unit, the founder of the event Natalie Emuss, a breast cancer patient herself, has been joined in recent years by Jennifer Mason, manager of Rigby & Peller, which now sponsors the event that takes place at Grand Arcade.
Natalie said: “Each year our event gets bigger and I am overwhelmed by all the support from our sponsors and local community. Fundraising helps me to maintain a positive attitude for the future. Myself and the other breast cancer patients are so grateful to Jenny and Rigby & Peller for helping us to feel great again.”
This year’s show, held in October, opened with a performance by Bodywork Dance Studio and nearly £8,000 has been raised so far.
Jenny said: “What an amazing, inspiring, emotional and happy evening. I am grateful to Rigby & Peller for sponsoring the show and the support of my wonderful team, the Grand Arcade and all the other stores, the models, their families, their friends, and everybody who has come together to help make this happen.
"My dad sadly died six years ago of asbestos cancer and I wanted to thank Addenbrooke’s Hospital for the support they gave him. I promised him I would do something big – dreams can come true, you just have to make them happen.” The evening was compered by broadcaster Jeremy Sallis from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and supported by actress Morwenna Banks. See more at cambridgebreastcancerappeal.com
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