Crowborough “model” struts her stuff on the catwalk for breast cancer

A Crowborough resident is set for an unforgettable day when she takes to the catwalk at the annual Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show in September.

Sheila Hatchwell, 69, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, will be sharing the stage with 31 other inspiring people who have also been diagnosed, to show that you can still look and feel amazing after breast cancer.

Sheila has lived in Fermor Way for the last 30 years.  She previously worked for Wealden District Council before they relocated to Hailsham, when she accepted redundancy for health reasons.

Sheila said:

In May 2014 I found a lump in my right breast and was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  Following surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy I struggled to cope, but with the love and support of my family and friends, I slowly regained my confidence and started to enjoy life again, encouraged by the Breast Cancer Care Charity.

I am looking forward to taking part in the show and enjoying the whole experience of being a Breast Cancer Care “model”, where again I will be supported by family and friends at both the afternoon and evening shows.

The models will be transformed from head-to-toe before hitting the runway, wearing a range of beautiful outfits professionally styled by fashion director and stylist Hilary Alexander OBE.  Hair will be styled by Sassoon Salon and the team at Estee Lauder will be adding the finishing touches to make sure they all look glam.

Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Care said:

We are all so excited to see our models star in the Show. Taking to the catwalk is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our models.

When you are told that you have breast cancer, every bit of your life can change forever.  It can shatter your self-esteem and make you feel unrecognisable when you look in the mirror.  It can even make you feel uncomfortable in your own skin and in your clothes.  Together with our generous sponsor Comfort, we’re helping people living with breast cancer feel positive and confident in their clothes.

This year is extra special as we are celebrating 25 years of the pink ribbon, which is a powerful symbol for millions. Every person’s breast cancer story is unique which is why Sheila is sharing her story of strength and inspiration.

The event will celebrate the models while raising vital funds to support the 62,000 people who are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK every year.

Breast Cancer Care aims to raise over £400,000 from the event, which will enable the charity to continue to provide care, support and information to anyone affected by breast cancer.

The glamorous event takes place at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel in London on Thursday 28th September.  To purchase tickets for the show and support Sheila visit: www.breastcancercare.org.uk or donate via her Just Giving page.

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