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£4,000 raised for Cancer Research UK at Leeds Catwalk for Life

£4,000 was raised by Cancer Research UK by fundraising fashionistas in Leeds this month.

Over 400 people attended the Catwalk for Life event that was held at the Corn Exchange. The models for the show included cancer sufferers and 40 professional models.

Leanne Mannifield, who took part in the event, was eight months pregnant with daughter Lydia when she was diagnosed with skin cancer.

The 37 year old said: “I really enjoyed it and I’m just glad I didn’t fall over.

“The buzz backstage was fantastic. There were bras flying everywhere because we had to get changed so quickly. The girls were lovely and it was loads of fun.”

The mother of two used to use sunbeds three times a week for almost ten years.

Doctors were 90% certain that her skin cancer was caused by the sunbeds and she is now trying to raise awareness about the danger that they pose.

Leanne added: “I had 20 friends and family come along to support me on the night, which was great.

“I’d like to thank my friends, family and Dewsbury Hospital for their support, as well as everyone who came to the fashion show.”

Wakefield locals Carole Avery and Debra Kellett arranged the event after losing friends and family to cancer.

Carole said: “We never thought then just how brilliant and successful the night would be.

“We are so grateful for everyone’s support and overwhelmed at how much has been raised.”

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