A familiar face from the aisles of Asda took to a London catwalk to celebrate the courage and strength of women, and men, fighting breast cancer.
Maxine Green, Community Life Champion for Asda Morley, travelled to the Grosvenor Hotel in London earlier this month to take part in Breast Cancer Care’s fashion show, rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, helping raise a massive £350,000 for the Breast Cancer Care charity.
Maxine herself was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. After a right hand mastectomy and reconstructive surgery she has recently been given the all-clear for another year.
Maxine also lost her mum to the disease six years ago.
She was one of 25 models, including two men, who have either fought, or are still fighting, breast cancer.
Maxine said: “It was an amazing experience. It’s very surreal when you have the likes of impersonator John Culshaw sat on the table next to your family doing impressions for them!”
But Maxine said that the day was tinged with sadness as one of the models, Sally, passed away a week before the event.
“We did it in her memory. It just brought back to us the importance of the Breast Cancer Care campaign.
“I made some good friends there - one lady had chemotherapy a couple of days before and even had pneumonia, but still came along to model and support the cause.
“I’m lucky. I’ve had the all-clear for three years now.”
Maxine met Cherie Blair, Eastenders actress Nadia Wadia, had her hair and make-up done by Sassoon and Estee Lauder and wore a £4,000 gold dress by designer Jenny Hatton.
“It was a great experience and next year I will volunteer to help backstage. It’s such a great event for a great cause.”