The audience at the Fashion for Life show will be treated not only to a catwalk of courageous models, but an all female brass band.
The charity event in aid of Isle of Man Breast Care will take place tomorrow (Friday) at the Villa Marina, Douglas, at 8pm.
There will be a terrific atmosphere as patients and survivors of breast cancer take to the catwalk to model clothes from Marks and Spencer.
There is a treat in store this year, when the event which takes place every two years, will get to see a tribute to Ivy Benson, the musician and bandleader, who led an all-female swing band.
Ladies from brass bands from all parts of the island are joining forces to perform on the night for the fundraiser.
The charity event attracts a wide range of audience and is always a sell out. The packed house will get to see Dot Tilbury and Geoff Corkish MLC on top form compering a fabulous mix of music, dance, fashion and fun.
Dot Tilbury explained that there will be a special band performing, a tribute to Ivy Benson, who Dot used to watch perform at the Villa Marina, when she was younger.
Dot said: ‘I used to love Ivy Benson. I cried the first time I heard the women playing together, it is a first for the island, they are great.’
Benson and her band rose to fame in the 1940s, headlining variety theatres and topping the bill at the London Palladium, and became the BBC’s resident house band.
Mother-of-two Helen Gough, from Onchan, is one of the models taking part in Fashion for Life and this will be the fourth time she has taken part.
Helen was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in March, ‘which came back as a shock’ after been clear for five years.
A determined Helen said: ‘Following my surgery and treatment I now feel well again and want to celebrate that fact and how better to do it than on the stage of the biggest venue on the Isle of Man in lingerie, very empowering!
‘I am lucky to have a very supportive family, especially my two girls Lauren and Jorden who have remained strong and have been a great comfort to me throughout both of my breast cancer battles.’
Talking about what is special about the show, Helen said: ‘I just love it!
‘The audience are the best part, they are amazing, from the minute you walk out, to the finale, they carry you all the way through the show with their supportive cheers and clapping. They love it as much as we do.
‘I do get very nervous, but once you hit the stage and hear the cheers you just relax and enjoy every minute.’
Helen said she has made some great friends through having breast cancer, as well as achieving some personal goals.
She climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in October 2010 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and last year she climbed to Annapurna base camp in Nepal, which raised funds for the Pahar Trust, which builds schools in Nepal.
Helen added: ‘I wouldn’t have done any of this if I hadn’t had breast cancer because I wouldn’t have come into contact with some of the loveliest people.’
If you don’t want to miss out on attending Fashion for Life and would like to support these brave models, tickets, priced at £12.50, can be purchased from the Villa Marina Box office.