A STUDENT from Dodworth is organising a fashion show in memory of her father, a former detective sergeant who died from leukaemia just eight days after being diagnosed.

Elena Dransfield, 21, is planning the '1863 Charity Fashion Show' to raise awareness of blood cancers and to raise money for leukaemia and lymphoma research.

The event is at The Corn Exchange in Leeds tonight, and takes its name from the opening of the historic building in 1863. It has already raised £1,700 in just over two weeks through ticket sales and online donations.

Elena's father Michael Dransfield, who worked for South Yorkshire Police, was diagnosed last July aged 50 with acute myeloid leukaemia. He tried to fight his illness but sadly died just eight days later.

"Planning the fashion show is such a big thing to take on alongside my final year of university but it is for a cause very close to my heart," said Elena. "If I can give back to a charity that can help people in a similar situation and further research then it's a job well done."

The fashion show will highlight Leeds designers. It will also host a raffle where brands such as Mulberry, Dune, Radley and Reiss are among names that have offered their support and donations.

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