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From Nurse to Model

24 September 2013

Bury fan Emma Norton is swapping her job as a nurse to take to the catwalk in aid of St Ann’s Hospice in Little Hulton

Emma, a season ticket holder at Gigg Lane along with 12-year-old son George, finds watching the Shakers gives her relief from the pressures of looking after patients at St Ann’s Hospice in Little Hulton where she works.

Emma said: “One thing about my job is that it shows me that time is precious and George and I love going to the matches, both home and away.”  

She will change her nurse’s uniform to model the latest fashions when she takes a starring role at a Ladies Fashion Lunch organised by the hospice.  

“As a model think I’ll be slightly out of my comfort zone, though the rest of the staff here at the hospice would disagree!” said Emma, who will appear in front of an audience of more than 400 women at the Palace Hotel, Manchester, on Friday, October 4. 

Emma, along with fellow nurses and hospice chaplain Peter O’Brien, feature in the climax to the fashion show in which professional models parade latest collections from John Lewis, Trafford.

Tickets are selling fast for the glittering event which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, raising around £413,000 for the charity during that time. It is again supported by the bank Brown Shipley. 

Emma runs the Hospice @ Home team for St Ann’s in Salford and Trafford, a service which allows patients to receive care in their own home. “A lot of my work at the moment involves making public and professional bodies, as well as the general public, aware that you don’t always need to go to the hospice – the hospice can come to you.

“A lot more people are choosing to be treated in their home and there’s on-going education around looking at patient and carer choice and wishes.” 

Jayne Bessant, Chief Executive at St Ann’s Hospice, said: “Our nurses and chaplain do incredible work so this year we wanted to celebrate their wonderful role at the hospice.  As a charity, we provide all our services free of charge, caring for around 3,000 people each year in Greater Manchester.

“There’ll be another great turnout at this year’s fashion show and I’d like to thank our supporters for their continued help since we rely heavily on donations to keep going.”
* For ticket details contact Sarah Bennett, Events Fundraising Officer at the hospice, on 0161 498 3628 or email 

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