Denny’s Norma steps up to the mark

Norma is looking forward to big events in November
Norma is looking forward to big events in November

A brave mum-of-two, suffering from an incurable form of cancer, is taking to the catwalk to raise awareness of the disease.

Norma Woods is not only going to be mother-of-the-groom at her son’s wedding in November, but she will also be gracing the catwalk as a model in a charity fashion show a few days later.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 41, Norma has also been more recently diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in her bones which is currently incurable.

Now, the inspirational mum is hoping to raise awareness of secondary cancers and encourage people in the same position to get the help and support they need.

She said: “Secondary cancer can be a taboo subject, and I found it really difficult to get anyone to talk to about it.

“Because it is something that can’t be cured, it can be frightening for people having to contend with it.

“It’s completely different because you don’t have that light at the end of the tunnel.

“But having my son’s wedding and the fashion show has given me something to focus on and really helped to take my mind off things.

“I really want to show other people that there is help out there,” she added

Norma (55) found the help and support she needed with Breast Cancer Care.

Grateful to the charity, she put herself forward to be a model at a fundraising fashion show.

She said: “I just thought it would be something nice to do.”

Following her successful application, Norma will be one of 20 models taking to the Breast Cancer Care Scotland Fashion Show catwalk at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on November 12.

It will come four days after her son Matthew (29) marries his 24-year-old bride Kate Burgess at Broomhall Castle in Menstrie.

And, she’ll have to squeeze in a glamorous dress rehearsal in between too.

Norma said: “Having these things to focus on has helped.

“Last month, I decided I wanted to raise money and awareness for the charity, and we held a charity night in McEwan’s which raised £1890.

“It was well attended and a great night.”