Shona to bring her courage to catwalk

Shona Webster decided to sign up for the event after receiving encouragement from her friends
Shona Webster decided to sign up for the event after receiving encouragement from her friends

An Ellon woman is set to take part in an iconic north east charity fashion show next month.

Shona Webster was chosen from hundreds of entrants to strut her stuff at Courage on the Catwalk.

The event, organised by Friends of ANCHOR, brings 24 women together who have faced the reality of a cancer diagnosis - both past and present.

The three live shows, which take place at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom on May 11 and 12, will celebrate the beauty and bravery of all the models in front of combined audiences of around 1,600 people.

Shona was diagnosed with breast cancer just days before her daughter, Zoe, turned 21 and admitted it was a tough time for her family.

She said: “My husband Niall found it very hard, he doesn’t like being unable to “fix” things for me. Zoe too found it overwhelming and was unsure how to deal with me taking everything in my stride.

“My whole family have been there for me no matter what and I know I wouldn’t have come through this so well if I did not have them by my side.”

Shona attended the ANCHOR Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with her final treatment of radiotherapy finishing on December 29 last year.

She added: “I can’t speak highly enough about all the staff at the ANCHOR Unit. From the first visit, being nervous, unsure and downright scared, every member of the team made the experience less frightening. Nothing was ever a bother and taking part in Courage on the Catwalk will be my way of saying thank you.”

Having brought in the new year in remission, Shona has now returned to work as a pupil support assistant at Methlick Primary School and decided to apply to take part in Courage on the Catwalk after encouragement from friends.

Sarah-Jane Hogg, Director of Fundraising & Development at Friends of ANCHOR said: “We are so thrilled to have Shona as one of our models for Courage on the Catwalk this year. As a former guest of the event, it will be so special to see her on the other side of the curtain as a catwalk star.

“The nominations we received for Shona highlight what a loved and respected member of her community she is, and we are delighted to have her flying the flag for Friends of ANCHOR in Ellon.”