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Fashion show to raise money for the RLI Breast Screening Unit

Catwalk queens are due to strut their stuff on Saturday when staff from the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI) host a charity fashion show ahead of next month’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The fashion show is being organised by  Helen Hague, Emma Pearson, Lisa Roberts and Helen Brister, who all work at the hospital’s breast screening unit and have teamed up with Shop2Drop who will showcase a range of clothes from high-street giants including: M&S, Next, Debenhams, River Island, Miss Selfridge, Evans, Wallis, Topshop and New Look.

(L-R) Helen Smith; Consultant Radiographer and Breast Screening Administrators; Emma Pearson, Helen Brister and Lisa Roberts

The fashion show starts at 7.00pm on Saturday 22 September 2018 at The Lancaster Brewery, Wyresdale Road, Lancaster.

Organiser, Helen Hague said: “We decided to put on a fundraising event to help raise funds for the breast screening unit at the RLI. Proceeds from the evening will go back into the breast screening unit to help make the unit the best it can possibly be for local women, ensuring women receive the best possible care and treatment when attending appointments on the unit.

Lisa Roberts said: “Breast Cancer Awareness Month is just weeks away so we’re holding a number of fundraising and awareness events throughout October for The North Lancashire and South Cumbria Breast Screening Service.

“We’ve got some great raffle prizes on the night and we’re so grateful to all the local businesses who’ve donated some fantastic prizes. We’ve got afternoon tea for two at the Midland Hotel in Morecambe, a two month gym membership, vouchers, hampers and a family pass to meet Santa on West Coast Railways plus many more great prizes. We’ve even got some signed CDs and merch by the rock band Kasabian thanks to Heather, one of our colleagues who used to be their tour manager!”

Emma Pearson adds: “We’re all really looking forward to the event. It’s going to be a great night. There’ll be something for everyone, as we’ll cater for women of all shapes and sizes from 8-20, and with up to 75% off what you’d pay on the high-street this is the perfect opportunity to pick up a bargain just in time for Christmas.”

Helen Smith; Consultant Radiographer at the RLI said:  “About 1 in 8 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. If breast cancer is detected early, treatment is more successful and there’s a good chance of recovery.

“Breast screening aims to find breast cancers early. It uses an X-ray test called a mammogram that can spot cancers when they’re too small to see or feel.

“As the likelihood of getting breast cancer increases with age, all women aged 50 to 70 and registered with a GP are automatically invited for breast cancer screening every 3 years. In the meantime, if you’re worried about breast cancer symptoms, such as a lump or area of thickened tissue in a breast, or you notice that your breasts look or feel different from what’s normal for you, don’t wait to be offered screening – go and see your GP as soon as possible”.

Tickets for the fashion show are available to purchase in advance from: Emma Pearson on 01524 519502; Helen Hague on 01524 519503 or by calling Bay Hospitals Charity on 01524 516064.

Raffle tickets are priced at just £1 each and are available to buy on the night and from the breast screening unit reception on Ashton Road, Lancaster Infirmary between 8:30am and 5.00pm.

For more information on breast screening, please visit:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer-screening/

For further information on Bay Hospitals Charity, and how you can support your local hospitals across Morecambe Bay, please visit: http://www.bayhospitalscharity.org/

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