From cancer to catwalk

Models who have recently finished or still undergoing cancer treatment strutted their stuff as part of events marking Cancer Survivors’ Day.

20 models who have recently finished or are still undergoing cancer treatment strutted their stuff down the catwalk in an uplifting and inspiring fashion show.

From cancer to catwalkIn celebration of Cancer Survivors’ Day, the fashion show was one of many events organised by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, which took place at the Guy’s Cancer Centre on Sunday 23 June.

The models wore the latest fashions designed by students at Newham College, whose alumni includes the late Alexander McQueen, and London College of Fashion, where renowned shoe designer Jimmy Choo studied. The show also showcased clothes from Outsider, Fox in a Glove, Let It Gibbon, June’s Young Millinery and Peacocks.

Taking to the catwalk was 48-year-old Sasha Leacock [pictured right]. A part-time arts manager and mother-of-one, Sasha was treated at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in 2018 where she had eight sessions of chemotherapy and surgery to remove the lymph nodes in her left underarm. She finished her treatment last January after undergoing radiotherapy to remove any remaining cancer cells and is now in remission.

Sasha said:

Being part of the fashion show was my way of celebrating the end of my cancer treatment, giving back to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and living my life more fully. I had an amazing time and I really enjoyed being on the catwalk.

David Cheesman, Director of the Cancer Programme at King’s Health Partners said:

Cancer Survivors’ Day is always a highlight of our calendar and this year was no exception. For our fifth year, we wanted it to be our biggest and best and having spoken with visitors, the feedback couldn’t have been better. I would like to thank everyone who attended and send a special thank you to all of our staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make it such an uplifting and inspiring day.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust pioneered the UK’s first Cancer Survivors’ Day in 2014. Staff were inspired by a visit to the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Centre at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, America, where staff and patients have celebrated Cancer Survivors’ Day for more than 20 years.

As well as a fashion show, live music, seminars and exhibits, Cancer Survivors’ Day, which is supported by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, also featured a Celebration Walk.

The walk, started by Jonathan Dimbleby, headed out along Southbank, over Waterloo Bridge before heading back passing many of London’s landmarks and circling part of the Thames. There were 60 participants taking part raising money and awareness of Guy’s Cancer Centre, many of whom have either been treated at the Cancer Centre or have had a close family member treated there.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity raises money to make the Trust’s life-saving care go above and beyond; from big things to small touches that help patients and their families feel looked after.

As a European Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the King's Health Partners Cancer Clinical Academic Group brings together world-class clinical services, research and education for the benefit of cancer patients in south east London and beyond.