Ailidh shows her courage on catwalk

A record high total of �100,000 was raised over the weekend at Courage on the Catwalk 2016  the most Friends of ANCHOR has ever raised at an event.
A record high total of �100,000 was raised over the weekend at Courage on the Catwalk 2016  the most Friends of ANCHOR has ever raised at an event.

A Cults woman has taken part in one of the North-east’s most iconic fashion shows.

Ailidh Cox (37) was one of 24 ladies to be chosen to take part in last weekend’s Courage on the Catwalk show at Aberdeen Beach Ballroom.

After four months of rehearsals, Ailidh took her first steps on the runway modelling a range of clothes.

In February last year, Ailidh discovered a lump. After undergoing several tests she received the devastating news that the lump was cancerous and that she had breast cancer.

The early detection of her cancer was so important and ultimately saved her life. Ailidh underwent a lumpectomy followed immediately by chemotherapy treatment and a course of radiotherapy treatment in the ANCHOR Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Despite being in the midst of her gruelling course of chemotherapy, this did not stop Ailidh walking down the aisle to marry Graham last August. While still undergoing treatment, the couple made the decision to scale back their planned wedding with only close friends and family.

Nine months on and fully recovered from her treatment, the newly-weds celebrated their marriage for the second time with over 140 guests and the happy couple have just returned home from their dream honeymoon.

“Not even cancer was going to stop me walking down the aisle last year. I was completely drained from all energy from chemotherapy but I still somehow managed to dance the night away,” she said.

“I’ve been given a second chance at life and I don’t want to waste it feeling down about my diagnosis. Life is too short for that. Now I absolutely make sure I the most of everything and everyone in my life.”

It has been quite a year for Ailidh. After finishing her treatment on Christmas Eve last year, Ailidh has since been given the all clear and was looking forward to setting foot on the catwalk in aid of Friends of ANCHOR at the weekend. Ailidh is an HR co-ordinator at Apache North Sea, one of the top sponsors of Courage on the Catwalk 2016.