A WOMAN who has survived two occurrences of life-threatening breast cancer will step into the limelight at a charity show this week.

Mary Lee, from Stokesley, North Yorkshire, will act as compere at a fashion show in aid of victims of breast cancer at the Wainstones Hotel, Great Broughton, on Wednesday.

The event is organised by Stokesley fashion boutique Annabelle Charles.

Mrs Lee, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer 13 years ago, said: "I will be wearing a beautiful strapless floaty dress from the boutique, just to show that women who have had breast cancer and a mastectomy can still look very feminine."

She said the shop had organised the event "because they know how many people's lives are touched by cancer, and a number of women are their customers and are survivors".

Mrs Lee said she wanted to put across a positive story and raise funds for her charity, Celebration of Life After Cancer, at the same time.

Annabelle Charles owner Fiona Walker, said: "I met Mary as a customer when I opened the shop a year ago, and she quickly became my friend.

"I wanted to organise a fashion show in aid of breast cancer from the start, and I knew that Mary would help me and play a star role."

The models will take to the catwalk at 11. 30am, and a buffet lunch with free drinks is being provided.

Local businesses have provided prizes to raffle, including a meal for two in a local restaurant, a massage, meat from a Stokesley butcher, glass items and a garden centre token.

Tickets are £20 from the boutique on (01642) 710 840.