Big C cancer trek to Himalayas by Gimingham and Southrepps women gets boost from Holt boutique fashion show

A glamorous catwalk show has boosted cancer charity funds for two friends now doing a tough trek through the Himalayas.

Image consultant Sarah Morgan and teacher Jo Samuels have spent months moneyraising ahead of their mountain adventure.

Tomorrow, Thursday, the north Norfolk pals head out to India for the two-week charity trek having raised �6,660 for Norfolk-based cancer cause Big C - a move prompted by Jo's battle with breast cancer diagnosed two years ago.

The total tops their �4,00 target and was helped by �1,600 raised by a fashion show organised by Sarah and sponsored by backed by the Annie and Boo boutique at Holt where Sarah also works.

Mrs Morgan, 49, from Gimingham, said they were excited about the trek, even though she was a stranger to the outdoor lifestyle.

'This is going to be quite something for me - I have never been in a tent before and 'roughing it' isn't really my thing.'

Working in the fashion industry she had some nice clothes, but none suitable for trekking. Her wardrobe now however included some 'performance wear' and her walking boots were 'my favourite piece of kit ever,' she added.

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Jo, who lives at Southrepps, used to be her children's teacher at Antingham and Southrepps School before moving on to Gresham Village School.

'We met again through belly dancing, and afterwards in the pub Jo told me about her cancer and the trek - and I offered to go with her,' she explained.

The pair will be trekking about 15 miles a day over mountainous terrain, and have been in training. Jo is however strapped up after spraining her ankle on the school field recently, and Sarah discovered on a trekking training weekend in the Peak District she had a knee problem.

'But everything is fine with plenty of painkillers and jelly beans,' she said.

Jo said: 'Big C was a huge support and I don't know how I would have got through having cancer without them. The fashion show was a great success and so many people gave their time and support – we can't thank them enough.'

The fashion show fundraising finale at Pinewood Park in Upper Sheringham featured customer models aged from 24 to 70 many of whom had not been on the catwalk before.

During the show, Vicky Green and Lizzie Langton, who between them had lost almost nine stones in weight at Slimming World groups in Holt and Aylsham were given a head-to-toe fashion and beauty makeover with the help of stylists from Hooloovoo hair in Norwich, Cream Beauty Boutique in Sheringham and clothes from Annie & Boo

There was also live entertainment by rising star singer Lucy De Luna from Stalham,

The grand draw to win �500 worth of Annie & Boo vouchers was won by Karen Tottingham.

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