Nicole is fashioning the future for cancer research

PUBLISHED: 12:26 26 January 2006 | UPDATED: 20:19 03 May 2010

A WOMAN who lost both her parents to cancer is organising a fashion show in aid of research into the illness. Nicole Andrews, aged 40, of St Bart's Close, St Albans, decided to help a friend doing a sponsored walk to Macchu Picchu in Peru in aid of the Ca

A WOMAN who lost both her parents to cancer is organising a fashion show in aid of research into the illness. Nicole Andrews, aged 40, of St Bart's Close, St Albans, decided to help a friend doing a sponsored walk to Macchu Picchu in Peru in aid of the Cancer Research Trust. Nicole said: "I was inspired to help by the example of my friend Jackie Williams who has three children and yet is giving up her time to raise £5,000 with this brave effort. Also I lost both my parents to cancer and my husband lost his father so it is a cause I want to support." Nicole found the clothes for the show through a firm, JAS Fashions, on the Internet and they will be selling clothes from Debenham's, Next and Per Una with 10 per cent of their proceeds going to the charity. All 150 tickets for the show at the Noke Thistle Hotel on Monday, February 6, have already been sold at £3.50 each. Nicole persuaded five women and 11 boys and girls to act as models including her daughters Josie, aged nine, and Georgina, six. Local firms have donated more than 40 raffle prizes and she is hoping to raise at least £1,000 at the event.

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