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Brave breast cancer survivors take to the catwalk in Cambridge fashion show

Twenty breast cancer patients and survivorswill be strutting their stuff on the catwalk in aid of Addenbrooke's Breast Cancer Appeal at a fashion show in the Grand Arcade, Cambridge.

This year marks the fifth fashion show put on by dream team Natalie Emuss and Jennifer Mason in the hope of raising as much money as they can for such a worthy cause.

This year's fashion show is dedicated to Becky Hadfield, a dear friend of Natalie and Jennifer who sadly died in January 2018.

Becky modelled in the 2016 show and was a huge part of the fundraising team. Becky was keen to raise awareness and continued to fundraise throughout her illness.

Breast cancer survivor and mum of two Natalie is a dedicated supporter of the Addenbrooke's Breast Cancer Appeal and has been raising funds alongside her husband since 2014.

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Since 2014, the fashion show events have raised £22,195 and they continue to help make a difference for future patients.

Jennifer, who wroks at underwear store Rigby & Peller, has been working with Natalie since 2016, using all her retail know-how to create and produce the show.

Natalie said: "Jenny Mason and I are overwhelmed by all the support from our sponsors Clarity CB1, the Grand Arcade and all our sponsors. This year's show is the best ever and our supporters will have a great evening helping us raise funds for Addenbrooke's Breast Unit."

Organisers Left Natalie Emuss and right Jenny Mason (Image: Mart's Arts Photography)

The models who will be walking down the catwalk in pieces lent by retailers are either undergoing treatment or have survived breast cancer.

Over the years, the money raised by the Addenbrooke's Breast Cancer Appeal has helped renovate quiet rooms, buy specialist ultrasound scanners, support cutting-edge research programmes to help make treatment more targeted and effective.

The money raised this year will continue to fund the newly appointed Breast Unit Patient Counsellor.

In 2016, an incredible £10,465.00 was raised with the help of sponsors and supporters.

This went towards the purchase of the Addenbrookes Breast Unit Specimen X ray equipment. With this equipment, biopsies can be performed in less time and to higher safety standards. This means less distress for patients while they undergo a biopsy procedure and, at the same time, allow more patients to be diagnosed more quickly.

In 2017, £8,157.80 was raised and they are hoping to raise £11,000 in 2018.

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This year's show will take place on October 18 at 7.30pm on the firstfloor of the Grand Arcade.

Tickets are £16 per person, include a glass of wine, canapes and a goody bag, and can be purchased here.

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