Time’s running out to get your tickets for the ‘front row’ if you haven’t already; there’s just over a month to go till the spectacular 2015 Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show gets under way.
On the 7th of October, in London hundreds of fashion lovers will turn out to support this amazing charity and enjoy some amazing food and entertainment before the big event finishes off the evening.
World renowned fashion correspondent Hilary Alexander will be styling the gorgeous catwalk looks, which will be modelled by a specially selected group of 29 women and two men. They have all been diagnosed with breast cancer, and all have inspirational stories to tell.
As official sponsors of the Fashion Show, we caught up with three of this year’s models who are ready to go out there and strut their stuff on the runway…
“I am absolutely excited to have been selected to be part of the Breast Cancer Care 2015 show. I have attended the show twice before, both times to the afternoon tea and therefore I know how wonderful it all is. I know how fabulous the models look and how warm and supportive the audience is. As a result of this I am not really feeling nervous about it, or at least not yet but I’m sure that come October 7th the day itself, that will be a different story. For now however, I am happy to just enjoy the anticipation and excitement of it all.
I have to say that I was totally surprised and delighted when I found out that I had been selected from so many applicants to be one of the 31 models who will take part in this year’s show. I really applied because of my sister-in-law Stephanie who was just completing chemo and I thought it would help her with her recovery and as I too had had breast cancer I thought that I would apply. Both Stephanie and I have a BRCA gene mutation. Her mother died of ovarian cancer and her grandmother died of breast cancer. I have had both breast and ovarian cancer and my two sisters have both had breast cancer so there is a lot of it in our family. I was diagnosed with breast cancer more than 16 years ago now so I wanted to show others that there can be long survival after breast cancer. Unfortunately Stephanie has just found another lump on the same side that she had her mastectomy so she is now facing further treatment but she has promised to come and see me on the catwalk if her treatment allows it in October. So when I take to the catwalk I will be walking in her honour and in honour of my two sisters. I will also be walking for one of my nieces who has the BRCA gene and who is planning preventative surgery in November this year and for all other family members and friends who are affected in some way by BRCA.
Right now I am looking forward to the fitting day on September 29th. I can’t wait to see what delights the stylists have in store for us all. I’m particularly excited about the Bollywood catwalk. I spent 6 months in India in 2004 and have a special affinity to all things Indian. I have been trying to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care which is such a wonderful charity that helps so many people. My Just Giving link is www.justgiving.com/TheBCCShow and I would be grateful for all donations.”
Dorothy Clark MBE
“I am thrilled and very excited to be taking part in the Breast Cancer Care Show. It is a wonderful charity that gives so much useful help and advice. My friend, Diana Moran, suggested that I would make a suitable model as I have taken part in charity fashion shows in the past. I hope to give inspiration to anyone suffering from breast cancer at a late stage in their life and show that it is possible to recover and live an active lifestyle. I love clothes especially glamorous evening dresses and my husband is a great help when I go shopping. My family and friends are delighted I am taking part in The Show and many of them will be in the audience both in the afternoon and evening.
It has been a privilege to be filmed by the QVC Team and talk about my Breast Cancer. Sadly on my first visit to the Doctor aged 79 I was told the lumps in my breast were my ribs. Four months later I asked to have a mammogram which indicated I had a serious problem. I was devastated but I was seen by an excellent Consultant who arranged for me to have various scans to see if the cancer had spread – I was fortunate. This was followed by a mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and herceptin treatment. It was very difficult but I was determined to remain positive and managed to keep going with all my activities including being Chair of Governors of a school. I did not have any reconstruction as I wanted to get better as quickly as possible. My Consultant was disappointed but I try not worry too much about my body image as my husband is very supportive. Five years on I am back to normal, travelling the world and enjoying life.
The necklace I designed with the help of QVC is very special to me as it is in the shape of a heart, which represents love, with the word spirit written on it to represent courage and energy.”
“I am an ocean racing yacht skipper and was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 36 on the start line of a Transatlantic Yacht Race, my first as skipper, in 2006. Returning home I took on a battle for my life – a double mastectomy, chemo and radiotherapy followed by reconstructive surgery. After five years of continuing to battle the high seas I received the call that no-one wishes to receive – the cancer had returned – to my bones. I am currently tackling chemotherapy and radiotherapy once again.
Along with my sailing I remain physical and was set a challenge to raise £1m to fight breast cancer through physical activities, including an arctic skiing marathon, a London to Paris bike ride and many more.
The Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show is truly an amazing event – I had the pleasure of attending the show last year in London and knew then that I desperately wanted to be involved. To be chosen to become a model was a huge honour. It is crucial that the world sees how important it is to continue to raise more vital funds and awareness of this insidious disease.
My family and friends are delighted for me and have supported me, as they always do, in my battle and my various challenges. I have a brave team around me. We share my story worldwide through my challenges and we share in the fight together with so many men and women who face a daunting future.”
Tune in on the 2nd of October between 6pm and 9pm for a three hour fundraising extravaganza, when we will be raising funds for Breast Cancer Care ahead of their live fashion shows. If you can’t attend one of the shows in person you will be able to show your support for this amazing charity by donating on the day.
If you’d like to book tickets for the Fashion Show visit the Breast Cancer Care website