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Teenage cancer fighters walked a very special catwalk underneath the wings of Concorde to raise thousands of pounds for charity.
Students from schools across the north west took part in the catwalk shows that they choreographed themselves at the glitzy Runway on the Runway event at the Concorde Visitor Centre at Manchester Airport.
And among the models strutting their stuff in glamorous Prom fashions were a host of teenagers who are fighting or have battled cancer.
The event was hosted by James “Caino” Cain and 18-year-old cancer survivor Olivia Cork, who had her right leg amputated after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma at 14.
Each school taking part raised money for the event, while thousands of pounds were raised on the night by guests, all going to support the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The young models donned fashions ranging from high street to high fashion, from the likes of Boohoo.com, Vicky Martin and Harvey Nichols.
Entertainment on the night included music from Lauren Lovelle and Hatty Keane and dance from students at Knutsford Academy.
Celebrity hairdresser Trevor Sorbie also gave a talk on stage, and told of how he is now training other hairdresser in specialist styling of wigs for cancer survivors, after his sister-in-law was diagnosed with cancer.
He said: “When a woman loses her hair, you might as well lose half the woman, she loses her self esteem. What I’m trying to do is teach other hairdressers to do what I’m doing, and L’Oreal are looking to take this worldwide.”
Event organiser Margo Cornish paid tribute to the hard work of everyone involved in the night. She said: “Over 500 young people are diagnosed with cancer each year here in the North West and despite this awareness remains the lowest in the UK.
“Runway on the Runway aims to change this statistic. The eleven schools and colleges that took part tonight have not only raised money for the charity but have committed to raise awareness among their students.”
Published by Manchester Evening Standard