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Vital funds raised at 'Strutting for cancer' fashion show

Above, models at the event. Picture: Peter Arnett (s).

Over £10,000 has been raised for the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre by Harrogate’s very first ‘Strutting for Cancer’ fashion show. Held on September 8 at The Restaurant Bar and Grill, 20 models - including some people currently using Macmillan services, took to the catwalk to raise vital funds for the centre. The event was organised by Jean Williams, who manages the AGA Shop in Harrogate and has been personally affected by cancer, and Julie Crossman, a Complimentary Therapist at the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre.

Over 200 people attended and there was plenty of entertainment from local singers Suzanne Vaughan, Andy Cameron and Annie Wallan, and dancing from Danceworkx Knaresborough.

Six fashion shops from the Harrogate district exhibited their clothes, with fashionable attire coming from The White Company, Sudo Attire, Jigsaw, Whites, Sheer Bliss of Knaresborough and Smithers of Harrogate. Alan Williams, who modelled clothes on the evening, and is the husband of event organiser Jean Williams, said: “We wanted to show that no matter what you are going through you can still look good and that you don’t have to hide in a corner. The evening was a fantastic success and we are making it an annual event. We had an unbelievable response from the town and we have been overwhelmed by its success and effort everyone put in.

“The highlight of the evening was when the models who were either people going through treatment for cancer or had gone through treatment in the past, including my dear wife Jean, took to the catwalk. As you can imagine this part of the evening was very emotional for many people, including myself, and many tears were shed. They rightly received a standing ovation and I have to say the cheering and noise was deafening.

“I would like to thank everyone who was involved in making the event as special as it was. Jean is still getting texts from some of the models saying thank you, and sharing how much they enjoyed the show.” Andrew Strugnell. Business Development Manager at The Restaurant Bar and Grill, said: “We were honoured to be part of this momentous and successful event. It was great to see the Restaurant Bar and Grill so full to the rafters with such an eclectic mix of people all coming together to support one moving and brilliant cause.”