The Haven Leeds: Breast cancer survivors strut on the catwalk

SUPER MODELS: Back, Angie de Haas, Leonie Saysell, Suzi Muentz, Sian Greenwood, and Denise McKenzie, and front, Jeannie Conley, Susan Liffen, Gillian Seelig, Michaela Dobson, Diana Favre, and Catherine Holme.
SUPER MODELS: Back, Angie de Haas, Leonie Saysell, Suzi Muentz, Sian Greenwood, and Denise McKenzie, and front, Jeannie Conley, Susan Liffen, Gillian Seelig, Michaela Dobson, Diana Favre, and Catherine Holme.
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Breast cancer patients struck a pose at a glitzy fashion show.

The women became supermodels for the day at the event in aid of the Haven breast cancer support centre in Leeds.

Women who had been helped by the centre modelled the season’s key looks in outfits from Debenhams and Jigsaw, as well as hats from Racy Little Numbers millinery, at Goldsborough Hall near Harrogate.

The ladies were also treated to a make-over by Nouveau Beauty Group and taught how to strut their stuff The Model Experience.

BBC presenter Georgey Spanswick hosted the event, which raised over £1,000, enough to cover the cost of one visitor to receive their programme of support.

Leonie Saysell, a centre user who also modelled in the show, said: “At a time when our world feels like it is falling apart, The Haven offers us a place to relax, reflect and take stock.

“I am proud that I played a small part in the fashion show and thrilled that the event has raised enough to help another person through The Haven’s invaluable programme of counselling and support.

“It has also been a much needed pick-me-up to be pampered and made over for our debut on the catwalk. We are grateful to Goldsborough Hall and all the companies that made this event happen for The Haven.”

National charity The Haven has centres in Leeds, London and Hereford providing one-to-one support to improve the quality of life of anyone affected by breast cancer. It works with the NHS to offer a free breast cancer support service with specialist nurses and experts in nutrition, exercise and emotional support devising tailor-made programmes for each visitor.

The Haven in Leeds, based in the city centre, has helped support over 980 women and one man since opening in 2008.

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