Grand Arcade charity fashion show by Littlebury fundraiser is another success

PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:00 18 October 2017

Morwenna Banks collects donations from spectators along the catwalk at the Grand Arcade fashion show. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Morwenna Banks collects donations from spectators along the catwalk at the Grand Arcade fashion show. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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Volunteer models strutted their stuff on the catwalk in aid of the Addenbrooke’s Breast Cancer Appeal.

It's Raining Men at the Grand Arcade fashion show. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO It's Raining Men at the Grand Arcade fashion show. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The annual fashion show hosted in Cambridge’s Grand Arcade shopping centre took place last night.

Models for the Grand Arcade fashion show. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO Models for the Grand Arcade fashion show. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Models for the Grand Arcade fashion show. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO Models for the Grand Arcade fashion show. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

It is organised by Littlebury charity fundraiser Natalie Emuss, who began the event after she was treated for breast cancer in 2013.

Jennifer Mason from Rigby and Peller, Mike Maher, host Jeremy Sallis from BBC Cambridgeshire and Natalie Emuss. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO Jennifer Mason from Rigby and Peller, Mike Maher, host Jeremy Sallis from BBC Cambridgeshire and Natalie Emuss. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Models for the Grand Arcade fashion show. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO Models for the Grand Arcade fashion show. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

She hopes to raise £10,000 from the event for the Addenbrooke’s Charity Trust appeal, which will pay for counselling services for a year at the hospital’s breast cancer unit.

Spectators along the catwalk for the Grand Arcade fashion show. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO Spectators along the catwalk for the Grand Arcade fashion show. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Models for the Grand Arcade fashion show. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO Models for the Grand Arcade fashion show. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Although a celebratory event, the show was tinged with sadness as friends remembered Isla Jordan, who lost her fight with breast cancer in August aged just 36, leaving her fiancé Mike Maher – who took to the catwalk in her memory – and a two-year-old daughter.

Men also took to the catwalk, with one set seeing coats and umbrellas modelled to the song It’s Raining Men.

Natalie said: “It was a great success, and it was lovely to see the male models having fun as well – the crowd seemed to enjoy that.

“It was even better than last year, which was hard to beat.

“Thank you to all our sponsors, the Grand Arcade, the friends and family of the models who came along to support, and all those who bought raffle tickets or donated.”

Hosted by BBC Cambridgeshire’s Jeremy Sallis and co-organised by lead sponsors Peller and Rigby, the event was also attended by children’s TV star Morwenna Banks – the voice of Mummy Pig in Peppa Pig.

Raffle prizes included a 24-hour test drive of a Tesla.

To donate to the event visit the fundraising page.

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