A PENARTH woman who battled breast cancer has taken to the catwalk in a glamorous charity fashion show.
Angelina Hall, 48, modelled at the the Breast Cancer Care’s Cymru fashion show at the iconic Wales Millennium Centre on Wednesday, March 5, in a bid to inspire others that you can still look and feel great after a breast cancer diagnosis.
Angelina said it was "incredibly exciting" strutting her stuff down the catwalk, as the models were joined by six players from the Welsh Rugby team for the finale.
"Cancer can rob you of your confidence as the surgery and treatment is punishing," she said.
"We all felt so glamorous and any nerves disappeared as soon as we got on the catwalk. I have attended ‘The Show’ as a guest in 2012 and now as a model in 2014 and I can honestly say it is as vibrant and exciting being in the audience as it is going down the catwalk."
She added: "It is an incredible evening with an atmosphere being one of emotion and celebration. To share such an evening with my friends and family was very special as it was such an uplifting experience which went by much too quickly."
Angelina was diagnosed with a lobular breast cancer in 2011 and had a mastectomy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy as part of her treatment.
“No one can prepare you for the word ‘cancer’," she said.
"Even now, almost three years after diagnosis, it seems hard to believe it all happened. Suddenly, your world revolves around hospital appointments and trying to make the best choices to keep yourself alive. Breast Cancer Care was there for me, as a constantly positive force at a very frightening time in my life.”
Casualty’s Amanda Mealing hosted the glittering event and she was joined by co-star Derek Thompson and WRU coach Warren Gatland to draw the raffle. Mezzo soprano Sioned Terry opened The Show and the models were joined by members of the Welsh Rugby team as they walked down the catwalk for the finale.
Stylists Claire Rees and Anna Palmieri styled the models backstage in the latest fashion trends and a team from Vidal Sassoon transformed the models’ hair to make sure they looked their best.
Breast Cancer Care’s ambassador and show host Amanda Mealing said: “What a fantastic night. All the models just looked absolutely incredible on that catwalk. They were an inspiration and looked liked they were having the night of their lives. I’ve been a model myself and I know that it’s the most incredible and uplifting feeling. I’m just jealous I didn’t have a member of the Welsh Rugby team on my arm."
All the models have worked hard to raise as much money as possible for Breast Cancer Care.
Glass artist Angelina raised money by selling her work through glass parties, while she also made a special stained glass panel for the silent auction. This raised £425 on the night and contributed to the overall figure of £80,000 raised on the night which will help support people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in Wales.
Breast Cancer Care Cymru is there to provide anyone diagnosed with cancer and their families, with face to face, online or over the phone support, when they need it most.
Anyone who wishes to donate can still do so – www.justgiving.com/Angelina-Hall
For more information visit: www.breastcancercare.org.uk/theshowcardiff