Here’s our fantastic colleague Jo Henderson – on the right – looking great on the catwalk at Breast Cancer Care’s annual fashion show.
Jo, from our Aylesbury store, was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer but after treatment she says: “The future’s looking a lot brighter and I’m very positive.”
She joined dozens of other models at the glamorous event which took place at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London.
Jo said: “I was terrified about the catwalk and to face my fear of walking in high heels – but I’m so glad I did it! It was an absolutely amazing night – the experience of a lifetime.”
She was diagnosed with breast cancer last July and has had a lumpectomy, mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Jo, who’s married to Neil and has two young children, Ben and James, says the support of friends and colleagues has been a huge help.
“I found a very small lump last summer,” said Jo. “I didn’t really want to get it checked out but knew I should. I got referred and was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“It was a really strange, surreal time and really hard. I had to keep it together for my kids and I felt the need to try and carry on as normal. I was able to carry on working even through the radiotherapy and chemotherapy, apart from a couple of weeks the doctor told me I had to take off.
“This was really important to me – I wanted and needed to carry on working, and the support I got from family, friends and colleagues was unbelievable.
“I told a couple of close colleagues at first, then word spread among other colleagues as we’re a really close knit team. Their support was overwhelming and enabled me to come in and work and they treated me normally during the most traumatic time of my life. They even held a whip round to buy one of the dresses I wore at the fashion show.
“I’ve got a bit of treatment to go but the future’s looking a lot brighter and I’m very positive.”
Jo applied to take part in the fashion show after spotting an advert while she was at work.
She said: “I came back from chemotherapy and I spotted the advert looking for models to star in Breast Cancer Care’s annual fashion show.
“I would never normally apply for something like this but I was feeling grotty, needed a lift and wanted to do something positive, so I applied.
“I didn’t expect in a million years to get the call saying I had been selected.”
Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Care, said: “Every person’s breast cancer story is unique which is why Jo is sharing her story of strength and inspiration.
“When you are told that you have breast cancer, every bit of your life can change forever. It can shatter your self-esteem and make you feel unrecognisable when you look in the mirror. It can even make you feel uncomfortable in your own skin and in your clothes – which is why we’re helping people living with breast cancer feel positive and confident in their clothes.”
The show coincides with the start of our annual Tickled Pink campaign to support Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now. Colleagues and customers have helped Asda raise £55m for the charities over the years.
Look out of limited edition Tickled Pink products in store and online – and joining in with our fundraising activities in stores nationwide.