Leeds cancer survivors raise £16,000

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breast cancer survivors raised thousands of pounds for a support centre when they strutted their stuff on the catwalk.

The Blossom Fashion Show raised more than £16,000 for The Haven facility, in Leeds city centre. The inspirational models have all suffered from breast cancer and been helped by the East Street charity.

The event, at The Queens Hotel, was attended by more than 430 guests, including soap stars and celebrities such as Kay Mellor, Gaynor Faye, Amy Walsh, Michelle Hardwick, Anthony Quinlan, Michael Parr, Natalie J Robb, Bhasker Patel and Christine Talbot.

Debra Horsman, programme manager at The Yorkshire Haven, said, “We were so delighted to be joined by such wonderful supporters at our sixth Annual Blossom Fashion Show and have raised more than ever before.

“These ladies are so inspirational and we have been delighted to have supported them when they have needed our help.”

The event, on March 13, was kicked off by the Swing Thing Duo and guest also enjoyed a meal. The fashion show was compered by BBC Radio Leeds’ Liz Green, and Leeds Rhinos Stevie Ward and Ashton Golding also joined the women on stage. The clothing ranges on show included Bo Carter, Swanky Pants, Jigsaw, Womenzone, Debenhams White Rose, Phase Eight, Monsoon, Jacques Vert and Coast.

The Haven offers a free programme of in-depth support to improve the quality of life of anyone affected by breast cancer. The money raised will help the charity provide free support, such as specialist nurses, nutrition experts and emotional advice and support.

For more information, visit www.thehaven.org.uk or call 0113 2847829.

Alex Newman, partner at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds

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