A Stone Cross mum who underwent a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer will be taking to the catwalk to raise funds for the charity that supported her.
Geraldine Jago, known as Geri, is one of just 25 people chosen to feature in a prestigious fashion show, which will be attended by the stars, to boost the coffers of Breast Cancer Care (BCC).
The 48-year-old was keen to back the charity after it offered her support following her diagnosis back in August 2009. She went on to have a mastectomy and a breast reconstruction and the disease also saw her undergo radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
She was supported by BCC’s in many ways including its one to one buddying service where people who have gone through a similar experience can talk to one another.
She said, “When they said they had chosen me I nearly hit the ceiling. I’m so excited because I feel I wanted to give something back to Breast Cancer Care for what they have given me.
“This is something positive in my life and I know I’m lucky to be alive.”
Geri says the charity relies heavily on donations and is calling on people to support the fashion show by digging deep or attending the event at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on October 2.
In the run up to the fundraiser the group, which includes two male models, enjoyed a preparation day which included a photo shoot.
The mum-of three said of the day, “I felt like I was on cloud nine.”
Geri, who is urging women to check their breasts regularly for any changes and to highlight that men can also get the disease, is hoping any local businesses that can offer prizes for the show will get in touch.
To donate to the cause visit: www.justgiving.com/geraldinejago or if you are a business that can donate a prize please call 07955 285166.
To see a video of Geri visit: www.eastbourneherald.co.uk