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'Petals' in full bloom at Elstree Cancer Centre

22 June 2017

Members of the Pink Petal Club were looking ‘blooming lovely’ when they held a charity fashion gala to raise money for breast cancer research.

The ‘Petals’ - based at Spire Bushey Hospital - celebrated their fifth year together by holding the Fashion Gala at Elstree Cancer Centre in aid of Secondary1st, a charity supporting research into secondary breast cancer.

Secondary1st, (www.secondary1st.org.uk) was set up in memory of one of Spire Bushey’s patients, Rosie Choueka, by her parents and family. The charity’s mission is to help fund research into the prevention, diagnosis and causes of secondary (metastatic) breast cancer and the development of more effective treatments.

For this event, the ladies modelling the dresses had all been treated for primary breast cancer, hence the commitment from themselves and their supporters, families and friends to this cause. 

The evening’s models hand-selected their outfits from Ariella, the boutique dress shop in Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

Organised by Alina Caruntu, a specialist breast cancer nurse at Spire Bushey and a founder of the Pink Petal Club, the gala raised over £1,500.

“It really was a tremendous occasion,” said Alina. “The models looked absolutely stunning and were amazingly professional when you think I had to ‘press gang’ many of them into actually getting onto the catwalk.

“To say that some of them were nervous is an understatement but they really did do a great job – as did all the ‘backstage’ volunteers working on hair and make-up. It really did make me feel proud to be a ‘Petal’. 

If you would like to make a donation to this great cause please visit: www.secondary1st.org.uk

 

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