Big Pink Dress charity star says “I will” to being bridesmaid at Durham woman’s wedding

The Big Pink Dress charity star, Colin Burgin-Plews, has said “I will” to being bridesmaid at a Durham woman’s wedding.

Mr Burgin-Plews will become a Big Pink Bridesmaid at friend Heather Laurence’s ceremony, where she will tie the knot with fiancé Peter, less than two weeks after the pair completed the Great North Run together.

Running together: Heather and Peter on the Tyne Bridge tackling the 13.1 mile Great North Run course together/photo by Heather Laurence.

Unfortunately, Heather’s mum is unable to be at the wedding at Durham’s registry office on September 30, as she sadly lost her fight against breast cancer after a gruelling nine year battle.

The 46-year-old said: “[The cancer] was picked up on a routine mammogramme when she was 50. It spread to her other organs. My mam can’t be at my wedding but we will raise funds in her memory.

“What better way to do it than to have the honour of a North East legend coming to do such an important job as bridesmaid. Colin is doing such a fantastic job of raising funds for the Breast Cancer Now charity as well as raising awareness!”

The 6ft 6 charity star will don the burgundy with gold dress in memory of Heather’s mum, June Middlemass.

Bridesmaid: Colin in his bridesmaid dress/photo by Colin Burgin-Plews.

Mr Burgin-Plews is raising money for Breast Cancer Now, a charity that supports individuals affected by the disease.

He said: It’s raising vital funds and in memory of the bride’s mother who lost her battle with Breast Cancer so it’s definitely worth every second of me being invited.

“I’m just not used to going all out lady like!”

Bride-to-be Ms Laurence, from Esh Winning, added: “I am used to seeing Colin in his dresses doing his thing, the thought of having a larger than life bridesmaid raising funds for such a special cause on our special day is just amazing, it will make the day even more special.

“If more men were also breast aware then more ladies may feel less uncomfortable about addressing the issue.”

To donate to Colin’s cause visit his Just Giving page.

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