Stalybridge cancer survivor thanks hospital staff with fashion show
Monday 3rd October 2016 @ 09:57 by Adam Higgins
Ashton News Stalybridge

A Stalybridge grandmother-of-two has teamed up with Tameside Hospital’s Breast Clinic and friends to organise a fashion show with a difference.

Lesley Morris (pictured) and the nine other glamorous models who will take to the catwalk have all been treated successfully for breast cancer at the hospital.

Coronation Street star Ellie Leach, who plays Faye Windass, and Tameside’s Civic Mayor Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick are special guests for the sold-out show at Dukinfield Town Hall on Thursday night.

The money the event will raise will support the project now underway to build a new state-of-the-art £2 million Macmillan Cancer Unit within the hospital grounds.

Lesley, who works in finance, arranged the show to say thank you to the doctors and nurses who treated her in her hour of need.

She was on holiday when she noticed her swimsuit digging into her chest and, after the indent her skin wouldn’t go away, visited her GP when she returned home.

When her doctor suspected something was seriously wrong, a visit to the hospital the following day confirmed suspicions that she had breast cancer.

And Lesley, who initially thought nothing was wrong, believes the quick thinking of the hospital staff saved her from the worst and the fashion show has brought together the Tameside community.

She said: “Within five days I was in theatre undergoing surgery to have a mastectomy, and chemotherapy and radiotherapy soon followed.

“Like so many women before me – and since – I owe so much to Mr Pardeep Arora, Mr Simon Ellenbogen and their wonderful teams.

“The show is a wonderful collaboration supported by local businesses and Tameside College who are supplying the make-up artists.

“We are sold out and could have filled the hall three times over.”

The event will be bittersweet for Lesley as the date was changed to ensure Mr Arora could attend – but it was only afterwards she realised it will be 12 years to the day she underwent her life-saving surgery.

Lesley explained: “It is a coincidence but feel I’ve come full circle. Since then I’ve had two beautiful grandchildren, reconstructive surgery and a happy life.

“And I’ve seen so many other women with breast cancer fully recover because of the skills and dedication of the Tameside Hospital team.”

Tameside Hospital’s chief executive Karen James can’t wait for the show to begin, as well as meet Lesley and the other inspirational people who have made it possible.

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK but thanks to early detection, better treatments and pioneering research, more people are surviving the disease than ever before,” she said.

“More than 80 per cent of women with breast cancer are still alive five years after diagnosis and, as Thursday night will show, go on to lead happy and healthy lives.”