Caythorpe woman struts her stuff on catwalk for cancer charity

Susan Stannard.
Susan Stannard.
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A woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 has taken part in a glittering London fashion show by walking the catwalk in front of 1,500 guests.

Susan Stannard, of Caythorpe, joined a group of other men and women who have had cancer or are living with cancer to strut their stuff at the show in aid of Breast Cancer Care at the Grosvenor House Hotel last Wednesday.

The models wore a range of designer clothing from fashion’s elite, including Jenny Packham, Badgley Mishka and Alice Temperley, as well as high street outfits.

They took part in two shows, the afternoon show being hosted by radio DJ Edith Bowman and the evening show by former athlete Denise Lewis.

Susan, 60, said: “This has been an amazing experience for me and I feel truly privileged to have taken part. The atmosphere in the room was electric, with the audience standing and cheering, and it was so lovely to see friends and family there as I came down the catwalk.

“It was a long and emotional day but I would do it all again like a shot.

“We had a wonderful team doing our hair, make-up and nails, and you can imagine the chaos as we came off the catwalk after each scene and had a mad dash to change into the next outfit and be ready in the right place at the right time!”

Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and went on to endure a lengthy programme of treatment and surgery, which she described as “very tough at times”.

She said: “Taking part in this event, and in all the preparatory build-up, has given me the opportunity to say thank you to so many people who supported me through it.

“I shall miss the excitement of recent weeks and months but the show feels like a watershed that will enable me to move forward from treatment more easily.

“I am enormously grateful to Breast Cancer Care for giving me this opportunity to share in an awesome and unforgettable occasion with a group of inspiring people.”