MEMBERS of a cancer support group will be joined by an inspiring youngster who battled the disease when they strut their stuff at a charity fashion show.
Hartlepool-based Pansies Breast Cancer Support Group is holding its own event to raise funds to help people who are currently going fighting the disease.
Members of the group will take to the stage and they will be joined by brave 11-year-old Klaudia Robinson.
Klaudia has featured regularly in the Mail as she successfully underwent surgery to remove a huge cancerous tumour attached to her left ovary that weighed more than 2lbs and was six inches long.
The St Hild’s C of E School pupil had an intense 12-week course of chemotherapy last summer and is a shining light to others who are battling the illness.
Klaudia, who lives in the King Oswy area of Hartlepool with her mum, Karen, 37 and older sister Kensey, 13, who is also taking part in the show, said: “I am really looking forward to the event.
“We have done a few practices, it will be brilliant.”
Mum Karen, an administrator at St Hild’s C of E School, added: “Quite often all you hear about is the sad side of battling the disease, but it is nice for people to be able to come along to this fashion show and see the positive side.
“The difference between how Klaudia looks now compared to last year is huge and it just shows that people can battle the disease and come through it.”
Isobel Wilson, founder of the Pansies group, organised the fashion show, which is taking place at the Mayfair Centre, in Seaton Carew, on Friday, April 15.
The mum-of-three who also has 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, has visited Manor College of Technology, High Tunstall College of Science, English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College and St Hild’s C of E School ahead of the event next week.
Isobel, 65, who lives in Seaton Carew, said: “Events like this show that ladies who have overcome cancer can still be beautiful.
“All of our ladies will be taking part in the show and hopefully it will encourage others and show there is a life after cancer.
“It’s proof that women who have battled cancer can still look lovely and feminine.
“We have been speaking to youngsters in schools and colleges around the town and trying to make sure they are breast aware.
“Our message to them is to check themselves on a regular basis so they know what’s what.”
The event next week starts at 8pm, although doors open an hour earlier.
Tickets, priced at £5, which include a pie and pea supper, can be bought by calling Isobel on (01429) 423213 or Ann Dixon on (01429) 234977.