Music student helps fundraising fashion show hit right notes

PUBLISHED: 14:49 22 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:49 22 February 2018

Natalie Emuss (centre) with Sue Breeze, head of creative industries at Cambridge Regional College,  Renata Melo film editor,  Rhoda Joseph  general manager of The Grand Arcade,  Lesley Young, Jennifer Mason from Rigby and Peller, Billy Murphy music composer and Harry Lewis film editor

Natalie Emuss (centre) with Sue Breeze, head of creative industries at Cambridge Regional College, Renata Melo film editor, Rhoda Joseph general manager of The Grand Arcade, Lesley Young, Jennifer Mason from Rigby and Peller, Billy Murphy music composer and Harry Lewis film editor

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A music student from Great Dunmow has composed the score for the film of the Addenbrooke’s Hospital annual Charity Fashion Show.

The event, raising money for the breast cancer unit, is organised by Natalie Emuss from Littlebury. Natalie had breast cancer in 2013 and has been organising the show for the past four years.

Breast cancer survivors and their families take part, modelling everything from ball gowns to casual wear as they walk down the catwalk to music.

There are two versions of the film, the entire show and a short version to promote the charity event and for social media.

The event, which began as a simple affair, is now drawing attention from across Essex and Cambridgeshire.

The latest show raised £8,418,97. The previous year raised £10,465.

The film was made by three students from Cambridge Regional College who volunteered for the project, with music specially composed by Great Dunmow’s Billy Murphy.

The event at the Grand Arcade shopping centre in Cambridge saw breast cancer patients modelling clothing from retailers in the Grand Arcade.

This included lingerie from sponsors Rigby and Peller. The latest event was in memory of Isla Jordan who died in the summer of 2017, aged 37, after a three-year battle with the disease. Isla, from Landbeach, had hoped to join her friends on the catalk so her partner Mike Maher took part to represent her. Isla was diagnosed while pregnant and leaves a toddler.

Natalie said: “I am so grateful to Jenny Mason, manager of Rigby and Peller for sponsoring and organising such a wonderful event for a second year.

“I couldn’t do this without her help and the help of my fellow breast cancer survivor Lesley Young. The Grand Arcade have been incredible and backed our venture as have all the retailers there. A huge thank you to all our sponsors, audience, models and the volunteers who worked incredibly hard to make the night so successful.”

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire presenter, Jeremy Sallis compered with actor Morwenna Banks and volunteer counsellor Ann Deane. The money will fund patient counselling in the Addenbrooke’s breast unit.

The next fashion show will be on Thursday, October 18, also at Cambridge’s Grand Arcade.

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