Model Patients showcase Fashion and Hope

Just Regional
Oct 28, 2022 3 mins read

Breast surgery patients strutted their stuff as confident catwalk models at a fashion show raising funds and hope.

Around two dozen models who have all had reconstructive surgery paraded in front of cheering supporters of the Keeping Abreast charity which has helped them on their journey.

Models having fun on the catwalk at the Keeping Abreast fashion show 

They donned day wear, sashayed in sparkly dresses, and even stripped down to lingerie and nightwear in a series of choreographed routines learned in just a few hours of rehearsals.

For two nights they performed at the Keeping Abreast More Than Just Fashion Show – making its post Covid return at a new venue the Norfolk Showground. The last one was in 2018 at its previous regular home at The Open, which is now closed.

The event is expected to raise several thousand pounds towards the Norwich-based breast cancer reconstruction charity’s funds. But it is also about celebrating and raising awareness of its work providing information, care packs, support and a chance to chat to other women who have gone through a similar experience.

Keeping Abreast’s chair of trustees Caroline Scott said: “It is our flagship fundraising event, but it’s also about empowerment for the models, and the friends and families seeing them on the catwalk.

“These ladies have been, or are going through a huge amount of change – and something like this gives a sense of hope for them.”

Norwich man Brad Trent also took to the stage to say how much the charity had helped his mother Tracey Pretty, who took part in an earlier fashion show. He admitted that when he watched her on the catwalk he “shed tears of joy at how far she had come on her journey”.

Tracey, from Harleston, is now a support worker at the charity helping other women following in her footsteps.

Pictures: (Richard Batson)

Keeping Abreast is marking its 15th anniversary of helping those who have had breast removal and reconstructive surgery following breast cancer or discovery of a hereditary breast cancer gene.

It has grown from its roots in Norwich, where it was founded, to provide support work elsewhere in Norfolk – King’s Lynn, Stalham and Wymondham – as well as further afield in places including Cheltenham, Leicester, Liverpool, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Its team of 150 volunteers also run face-to-face support groups ranging from coffee mornings and evening meet-ups to relaxation sessions.  Since Covid it is also reaching out to more people online, sharing real-life patient story videos.

Find out more at www.keepingabreast.org.uk or follow on social media platforms.

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