True stars show real beauty at fashion show

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AN INSPIRATIONAL 11-year-old was among the stars to shine during a charity fashion show.

Brave cancer survivor Klaudia Robinson joined the Hartlepool-based Pansies Breast Cancer Support Group as members strutted their stuff on stage.

More than 430 people turned up to the Mayfair Centre, in Seaton Carew, as Klaudia, 12 Pansies members and teenagers from town secondary schools donned their gladrags on the catwalk.

The aim of the event was to raise money to help cancer sufferers and to show that people can still be beautiful despite the disease’s effects.

Pansies founder Isobel Wilson said: “It was an absolutely brilliant night.

“Everyone has been a star. They should have all won an Oscar.

“Once again, Hartlepool has done us proud by supporting us. A great big thank you to everybody for coming to support us.”

Klaudia has featured regularly in the Mail as she successfully underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumour attached to her left ovary that weighed more than 2lbs and was six inches long.

The St Hild’s school pupil had an intense 12-week course of chemotherapy last summer and is a shining light to others who are battling the illness.

Isobel, 65, whose great-granddaughter, Alysha Carter, three, appeared in the nightwear and bridal sections, said: “Klaudia was brilliant, she was in the nightwear and bridesmaid scenes and absolutely loved it.”

Pansies members, some of whom are fighting secondary cancer, along with Klaudia and students from Hartlepool’s St Hild’s, English Martyrs, Manor and High Tunstall schools, as well as students from Ian Ramsey School in Stockton, modelled a variety of clothes during the event.

The students were involved after Isobel toured schools to urge young girls to be “breast-aware” and check for lumps.

Another special guest at the event was Sue Bourne, who directed the 2006 film Bosom Buddies which told the Pansies’ story.

The clothes worn were donated by George at Asda, Gowns and Garters and Marks and Spencer.

The Pansies were founded in 1999 and this was the group’s fifth fashion show.