Big fashion show to aid cancer charity

Cancer charity funds in memory of a Norfolk mother will be boosted by a spring fashion show organised by her friends.Successful businesswoman Vikki Sipek was 44 when she lost a 10-year battle with cancer, leaving behind a seven-year-old daughter and a comedy writer husband.

Cancer charity funds in memory of a Norfolk mother will be boosted by a spring fashion show organised by her friends.

Successful businesswoman Vikki Sipek was 44 when she lost a 10-year battle with cancer, leaving behind a seven-year-old daughter and a comedy writer husband.

Two previous events have already raised more than �20,000 for the tribute fund in her name helping to research and promote better breast cancer treatment.

Now friends in the Holt area are organising a fashion show, which combines two catwalk sessions with a raffle offering a week in a Spanish villa for the price of a �20 ticket.


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Vikki, from Lower Bodham, was chairman of the Gresham's pre-preparatory school parent teacher association when she died in September 2007.

She appeared to respond to early treatments after being diagnosed, and even had daughter Molly when doctors warned she was unlikely to be able to have children.

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But the disease returned and saw her suffer multiple organ failure in Hon Kong on the flight home from a family holiday in Australia where they cuddled koalas and fed kangaroos.

Family and friends threw themselves into helping a Vikki fund set up to help Breakthrough Breast Cancer. It started with an event in London supported by the showbiz friends - including Jonathan Ross and David Baddiel - of her husband Carl Gorham, who has written TV comedy shows and an animation series called Stressed Eric, where Vikki joined him as producer, through her real background was in fashion retail.

Now Holt fashion shop owner and friend Clare Nicholson has organised a show at Voewood House, High Kelling on March 14, which has two sessions - a show and glass of wine at 5pm for �10, then an 8pm show with canap�s, champagne and dancing for �50.

And friends John and Charlotte Buckman have donated the holiday prize which uses their village in Marbella, which is close to the beach, can sleep eight, has an outdoor pool and bar, and includes use of a seven seater car. There are just 500 of the �20 tickets available, increasing the odds of winning.

Mr Gorham said the money raised in Vikki's memory was already being put to good use, and he hoped the latest event would be well supported - as tickets were starting to sell well.

Fashion show tickets are available from Nicholsons shop in Holt High Street, or Moira Morrissey on 07769 694316.

Raffle tickets contact is Sinead Merron on 0771 279 4462.

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