Fashion show will help cancer battle

A young man who has seen four members of his family diagnosed with cancer is planning a fashion show in a bid to raise funds.

Ian Hart, 24, from Poringland, has seen his mother, grandmother, grandfather and uncle all battle cancer, so he is hoping to help Cancer Research by holding the fashion show on Saturday, September 11 at Easton College.

Both his mother and grandmother were diagnosed with bowel cancer, and so his doctor recommended him for a testing programme. He said: 'I'm now part of a genetic testing programme with my siblings and other relatives who haven't had cancer already. I thought I would like to help raise funds for Cancer Research so that it can help others in the future.

'We feel that being part of the programme reduces our risks of finding out 10 years down the line that we have cancer, as we are having all the checks.

'I do feel very privileged to be doing it and I would like to think a lot of other people are able to do it as well.'

The fashion show will be opened by ITV Anglia weathergirl Amanda Houston, and models have been selected to showcase a variety of outfits provided by Jarrold's, Slaters of Norwich, The Dressing Room and Artichoke.

There will also be a raffle with prizes worth up to �200 and fashion advisers providing their expertise to guests by offering fashion and styling tips.

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Mr Hart, who lives in All Saints Road and works in student services at Easton College, said: 'I wanted to organise something fun and entertaining in order to raise money for this amazing charity. I hope that people will support us by buying a ticket and coming along.'

The show will be taking place at 7pm at Easton College, which has donated the use of its sports and conference centre, and Radio Norwich will be providing the music for the evening, while CEG productions will provide lighting and sound. Paula Young, for Cancer Research UK, said: 'We're delighted to be working with Paul who has done a fantastic job of pulling together this fashion show. We wish him every success.

'Thanks to the efforts of volunteers like Paul, Cancer Research UK-funded scientists have made major advances in bowel cancer genetics over the last few decades. Research like this helps to identify people most at risk of the disease, so that they can be offered tailored advice, screening and treatment.'

Tickets are �7.50 per person and include a reception drink.

For further information or ticket sales, please contact Ian Hart on 01603 731292 or Jo McKenzie on 01603 731200.