Catwalk is a fresh challenge for Josie

Appearing on a catwalk in front of hundreds of people at a star-studded event could be a daunting task for even the most professional of models.

Appearing on a catwalk in front of hundreds of people at a star-studded event could be a daunting task for even the most professional of models.

But for Fenland great-grandmother Josie McClinton, her modelling debut is even more remarkable, as she will be joining a group of exceptional women and men taking part in Breast Cancer Care's glittering annual London fashion show today.

All the models, including Mrs McClinton, who is 68 today, have one thing in common - they have all bravely fought back against breast cancer.

The aim of the show, which is now in its 10th year, is to demonstrate that anyone can feel confident and look amazing after breast-cancer surgery, regardless of age or background.

Mrs McClinton, of Leverington, said she was apprehensive but looking forward to taking part in the show, which is at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

She said: "I just want people to know that they can come through the C-word (cancer) and with a better attitude and also be very uplifted by the experience of it, because they have beaten the cancer."

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Mrs McClinton was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and had a full mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery. She said she wanted to show other women that there is life after cancer and to help anyone who may be concerned about reconstructive surgery. She added: "I just think if you have a positive outlook it can help you to get better."

She said she decided to take part in the show with a friend who also had breast cancer, but unfortunately her friend had to drop out because she had to continue with her treatment.

A spokeswoman for Breast Cancer Care said: "With the support of her family, friends and Breast Cancer Care, Josie and her fellow models are taking positive strides forward and offer a powerful and encouraging message to people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer."

Breast Cancer Care is the UK's leading provider of information and emotional support for anyone affected by breast cancer.

The glamorous event will be attended by a host of high-profile supporters of the charity including Geri Halliwell, Jemma Kidd and Mariella Frostrup.

High-street designers will transform the models into stunning catwalk stars, who will then take to the floor in the latest fashions.

The event will be screened on QVC from 8pm to 11pm today.

For more information contact the Breast Cancer Care helpline on 0808 800 6000.