4 March 2019

Trisha McAneny, 44 from Erskine is calling on women and men who have been through breast cancer to apply to be the People’s Postcode Lottery model in The Breast Cancer Care Show Scotland this October.

The Breast Cancer Care Show returns to The Hilton Hotel, Glasgow on 24 October and sees 24 models from all walks of life, who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer, take to the catwalk to show that you can still look amazing and feel confident after breast cancer.

To celebrate People’s Postcode Lottery players’ support of Breast Cancer Care’s work, this year Breast Cancer Care’s The Show Scotland will feature a People’s Postcode Lottery model, offering one lucky person the chance to take to the catwalk with their friends and family watching and some extra special prizes.

As well as winning a place in The Show Scotland, the person who nominates the lucky winner will win a spa day for two, and the winner will receive four free tickets to The Show Scotland for friends and family, will have travel and accommodation covered and will also receive their favourite outfit modelled in The Show.

The People's Postcode Lottery model will join 23 other Breast Cancer Care models who will also be taking to the catwalk at the glitzy life-affirming event.

Trisha, who was chosen to be a model in The Show last year says that it is a “once in a lifetime experience” and is encouraging local residents to also apply to take part, or nominate a friend.

Trisha was diagnosed on 23 February 2017, only eight weeks after her mum had passed away from breast cancer. She had a severe reaction to chemotherapy which caused long term heart damage. Trisha then had a mastectomy.

She says, “Breast cancer has had a huge impact on my life, when I was diagnosed I felt like everything was on hold and my diary was filled with hospital appointments - I lost total control of my life. I felt guilty for putting this on my family again and having to rely on them for support.”

Trisha also struggled with her confidence and says she didn’t feel like a woman as she lost her femininity and was “absolutely devastated” about losing her hair, as that was a big part of her identity.

Trisha says that her sense of humour has helped her get through the tough times as well as the support she found when she went on Breast Cancer Care’s Moving Forward course. She says, “The course was a lifesaver. After treatment finishes, everyone expects you to get back to normal, but I was left thinking, ‘what do I do now?’”. At the group, Trisha met 10 other women who had also just finished their breast cancer treatment and they received information on various topics such as diet, finance and counselling.

This then gave Trisha the new found confidence to take part in The Show Scotland 2018, after her sister Brenda applied on her behalf. “Taking part in the Show last October was absolutely fabulous! When you are on the catwalk, the adrenaline kicks in and you just look at how far you have come since those dark days. The Show symbolises a new chapter in my life – I lost my confidence and my sparkle, I’ve finally got my sparkle back and I’m feeling like myself again”.

Trisha is now calling on others to apply to be a model in The Show. “I would urge anyone who has had breast cancer to apply to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s so fantastic that this year there is a special place for someone to be the People’s Postcode Lottery model and win fantastic prizes alongside starring as a model.”

Breast Cancer Care is the UK’s leading breast cancer support charity and provides care, support and information to anyone affected by breast cancer.

For more information about The Show Scotland and to apply to be the People’s Postcode Lottery model visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk/model

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For further information, please contact:

Sarah, Hemsted, Senior Press Officer, Breast Cancer Care

020 7960 3951

Sarah.hemsted@breastcancercare.org.uk

Notes to Editors

About Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist UK wide charity providing support for women, men, family and friends affected by breast cancer. We’ve been caring for them, supporting them, and campaigning on their behalf since 1973.

We offer a unique range of support including reliable information, one-to-one support over the phone and online from nurses and people who’ve been there. We also offer local group support across the UK.

From April 2019, Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now will be creating one charity for everyone affected by breast cancer. By uniting the UK’s largest breast cancer research charity with the UK’s leading breast cancer support charity, we can make sure that one day, everyone who develops breast cancer will live and receive the care, support and information they need to live well.

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About People’s Postcode Lottery

People’s Postcode Lottery is a lottery operator in which people play with their postcodes to win cash prizes, while raising money for charities and good causes across Great Britain and globally. A minimum of 32% from each subscription goes directly to charities, and players have raised £350 million for good causes so far. For £10 a month, players can win prizes every day: www.postcodelottery.co.uk/prizes Maximum amount a single ticket can win is 10% of the draw revenue to a maximum of £400,000. Postcode Lottery Limited is regulated by the Gambling Commission under licences number: 000-000829-N-102511-014 and Number: 000-000829-R-102513-013. Registered office: Titchfield House, 69/85 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4RR.