A turn on the catwalk

Southsider Patricia Tolland will take to the runway for the charity fashion show
Southsider Patricia Tolland will take to the runway for the charity fashion show

NEWTON Mearns woman Patricia Tolland has been chosen to strut her stuff for a charity close to her heart.

The 51-year-old southsider will be taking part in this year’s Breast Cancer Care Scotland fashion show — just two years after a particularly aggressive diagnosis of the disease.

She’s one of 19 models to take to the stage to show that there is life — and glamour — after breast cancer.

Mum-of-three Patricia told The Extra: “I was diagnosed after finding a lump in my breast, just shortly after celebrating my son Philip’s 18th birthday.

“After surgery I needed follow-up therapy at the Beatson hospital to give me the best chance.

“The treatment left me very frail and I wouldn’t have gotten through it if it hadn’t been for the help of my family and friends – especially my two sisters, who travelled from Australia and Spain to look after me when I was really ill”.

The southsider is now desperate to get up on stage in tribute to her loved ones, and to celebrate those who survive the disease.

She continued: “I wanted to do something that I would never have considered before — be a model.

“I wouldn’t have had the confidence, but now I can show what’s possible after treatment.

“Stepping out there will be my chance to say I’m still here living life to the full and that I still look and feel feminine”.

There to support Patricia on September 29 will be her sister Catherine, all the way from Australia, as well as eldest daughter Sara and close friends.

All the models will be styled in a range of designer and high street outfits for the Radisson Blu event, and the charity hopes to raise over £200,000 from the night.

To find out more or to buy tickets, call 353 8330 or visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk/scottishfashionshow.

Patricia isn’t the only southsider doing their bit for charity this week, as a group of more than 30 Newton Mearns ladies banded together to raise money for the Prince and Princess of Wales hospice.

All members of the staff at at the Newton Mearns Asda store, the women used their day off work to throw a charity garden party.

The event raised over £1,500, with Asda stepping in to donate £500 as well as raffle prizes supplied from Boots and Marks and Spencer.

Fundraiser Margaret McLaren told The Extra: “Many thanks to all the people involved who made it a great day.”