Mum of two, Natalie Emuss is a dedicated supporter of the Addenbrooke’s Breast Cancer Appeal.
Natalie was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 45. She found the lump in her left breast on a Saturday morning. It felt like a long wait for her and husband, Paul, before she went to her GP on the Monday and was quickly referred to the Cambridge Breast Unit. Natalie underwent a number of tests including a mammogram, ultrasound and a biopsy. Unfortunately, due to the nature of her tumour it wasn’t clear from the visual tests if the lump was cancerous. She and Paul were told that there was a 50/50 chance, but only the biopsy results would be conclusive.
When the results came through they indicated that Natalie had a ‘lobular’ breast cancer – a type of tumour that is large, flat and difficult to detect. Natalie remembers: “Paul and I were devastated when they told us. All I could think of was my children.”
Thankfully, after an MRI scan and more tests doctors found that the cancer hadn’t spread, however Natalie would require a mastectomy to remove the tumour followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy to prevent the cancer from returning. When she heard the news her breast care nurse was at her side. She held her hand and reassured her. Natalie said: “The support I received from my breast care nurse and the medical team was superb.”
To say thank you for the care she received Natalie and Paul have been raising funds for the Addenbrooke’s Breast Cancer Appeal since 2014 and they continue to fundraise to help make a difference for future patients. Natalie has organised annual Fashion Show fundraising events since 2014 raising £38,000.00 so far. Since 2016 she has collaborated with Jennifer Mason to successfully hold larger fashion shows at the Grand Arcade in Cambridge.
Before Jenny’s father passed away she told him “One day, I will thank Addenbrooke’s hospital for everything they have done for you and I promise I will do something big!”
Five years ago, Jenny joined Rigby & Peller as boutique manager and became an expertly trained Lingerie Stylist. After many interactions with women with breast cancer, she thought, “I could do something really special here” and the idea for the Grand Arcade Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show was born.
Jenny teamed up with Natalie Emuss, utilising all her retail know-how, to create and produce the show. Models who are either undergoing treatment or have survived breast cancer, walk down the catwalk in pieces lent from several passionate retail neighbours that Jenny has brought onboard. The show is incredibly inspiring and is an annual highlight within the centre.
The Fashion Show, now in its fifth year, has raised thousands of pounds for the Addenbrooke’s Hospital breast cancer unit, and grows from strength to strength, engaging, connecting and supporting women with breast cancer, all over the region.
Fashion Show 2018
The Fashion Show 2018 was dedicated to our dear friend Becky Hadfield who we lost in January 2018.
Becky modelled in our 2016 show and was a huge part of our breast cancer family. She was keen to raise awareness and continued to fundraise throughout her illness. Becky will always have a special place in our hearts.
Our love to Becky’s family and friends.