Denny’s Patricia becomes charity model

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Inspiring gran Patricia McAtee is hitting the catwalk to show you can beat breast cancer.

The former teacher is taking part in the 10th annual Breast Cancer Care Scotland fashion show.

Along with 19 other models, who have all survived the life-threatening diagnosis, she will be transformed for today’s (Thursday) fundraising event at the Raddisson Blu hotel in Glasgow.

Patricia (61) said: “Since being diagnosed and treated, I’ve been intent on living life to the full. This is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness and funds for this charity which helps and supports so many people at a critical time.”

Her world was turned upside down three years ago when she discovered a lump in her breast and, after what she admitted was “a few weeks of terror”, went to her GP to get it investigated.

She added: “I had a day of tests at Falkirk Royal then the diagnosis was confirmed. Shortly afterwards I had a full mastectomy at the hospital and for the next six months received chemotherapy every third week.

“As I had a particularly aggressive form of cancer, I needed a further 28 days of radiotherapy. This took place at the Beatson Unit at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow and every day I was taken there by the local charity Driving Force.”

Born and brought up in Denny, Patricia, of Braes View, taught for years at the town’s St Patrick’s Primary, as well as at Nethermains Primary. She then moved to be assistant head at St Andrew’s Primary, Falkirk, before being appointed headteacher of Holy Name Primary in Oakley, Fife over 12 years ago.

Following her treatment, she returned to work but took retirement two years ago.

She said; “Since then, I’ve been making the most of every day. It’s feels as if I’ve been given a second chance and I’m trying things that I’ve never done before. It feels so good to be alive.”

Patricia found out about the fashion show on the Breast Cancer Care website and applied. She was delighted to learn she would be one of the 19 women and one man taking part.

They will be modelling clothes from House of Fraser, while their hair and make-up is being done by Sassoon and Benefit.

The first show will follow a champagne lunch, while in the evening there is a black tie dinner and auction.

Widow Patricia said the show would also be a chance to thank her family – children Katherine, Sean and Patrick, along with her five grandsons – for all their love and support.

She added: “Throughout everything they’ve been my rocks. It’s also been great meeting the other models who are all remarkable.”