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Patience brings style to good deeds

By Janet Devlin

Published 29/05/2000

PATIENCE Bradley (pictured left) is bored -- a pretty dangerous state for the catwalk queen formerly known as Patti Lawrence.

PATIENCE Bradley (pictured left) is bored -- a pretty dangerous state for the catwalk queen formerly known as Patti Lawrence.

As a model, Patience appeared on the front of Vogue, became Miss Bergasol and danced with Legs & Co.

She advertised Brutus Jeans, Orbit Chewing Gum and Bounty Bars.

Got into horse riding, aerobics, after dinner speaking, psychotherapy and deaf signing.

But her frail 5ft 4in frame was still packed with energy - so she started running free modelling and elegance courses.

All she asked in return was that her 'girls' support free of charge fashion shows which raise money for good causes.

This week, she'll be meeting Esther Rantzen to discuss plans for a fashion show to mark the first anniversary of ChildLine in Belfast.

Already this year, she has run nine charity fashion shows - as well as fitting in a return to modelling herself.

Patience is particularly keen on supporting Reynauld's Syndrome, which affects circulation in the extremities and from which she herself suffers.

To that end, she has teamed up with Downshire Ladies Association in Hillsborough to raise money for that and another, more serious, skin condition called Scleroderma.

A fashion show will be held in the Court House on September 28. Tickets are priced £8 and can be obtained from Phillip Patterson on 92639130 or Downshire Football Club.

Anyone, male or female, who is interested in taking part in any of Patience's shows, or who would like a show run on their behalf, should contact her on 90592370.

At present, she is particularly interested in hearing from disabled men and women and the deaf.

Belfast Telegraph

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