Over 430 guests arrived at the Queens Hotel in Leeds to celebrate an afternoon of style, bravery and confidence at the eighth Breast Cancer Haven Blossom Fashion Show. This emotionally charged event took place to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Haven, Yorkshire, and while at the same time empowering the inspirational models who took part.

The thirty-five models involved in this year’s Blossom Fashion Show have all had experience of breast cancer and accessed the charity’s free support.  Breast Cancer Haven is the charity that supports people through their breast cancer treatment. When breast cancer tries to rob a person of their individuality, confidence or strength, they provide a tailored package of emotional, physical and practical support that helps to hold on to them.

This year saw Amrik, a male visitor at Breast Cancer Haven, take to the catwalk to increase awareness of breast cancer in men. This was met with a surge of support from the audience who joined together to encourage all the models who wore clothes from both national and local retailers including: John Lewis, Anthropologie, Swanky Pants, Diva Classic Ladieswear, Up & Running, Marks & Spencer, Georgie’s, Cordings, Rigby & Peller and Maid to Fit.

Compered by BBC Radio Leeds’, Liz Green, guests enjoyed two performances on the day from Miss Julia Martin as both Dolly Parton and Tina Turner as well as a delicious lunch and luxury auction. The models were supported by their friends, families, colleagues and also some famous faces including Yorkshire treasure, Billy Pearce, Kay Mellor OBE, Emmerdale’s Gaynor Faye, Amy Walsh and Michelle Hardwick.

Breast Cancer Haven Manager, Debra Horsman, commented: “This year’s Blossom Fashion Show was monumental and pivotal for increasing awareness of breast cancer in men as well as women. All models were inspirational, and we were overwhelmed with the support we received on the day. I would like to thank everyone for their generosity.”

This year, the event to date has raised over £28,500 for Breast Cancer Haven, Yorkshire, which will enable the centre, based in Leeds City Centre, to continue offering free support to anyone affected by breast cancer.

For more information about Breast Cancer Haven, Yorkshire, please contact the team on 0113 284 7829 or
email lizzie.philpott@breastcancerhaven.org.uk to hear more about events taking part in the region.

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