Bristol calendar released to raise money for Cancer Research UK
A total of 26 local women and men, all of whom have been directly affected by cancer, have gone nude in a charity calendar shoot raising money for Cancer Research UK.
The “calendar girls” inspired calendars are on sale now, raising funds for vital research for the cancer charity, in order to save lives. The calendar is part of a wider fundraising campaign with an aim to raise £20,000 for Cancer Research UK, which also includes a prestigious black-tie dinner taking place on World Cancer Day 2020 (4th February), at Ashton Gate Stadium.
The initiative is the brainchild of Local businesswoman Charmaine Vincent, CEO of Baltimore Consulting who has also been the driving force behind the campaign:
“9 years ago, I felt heartbroken for the very first time. I lost a very dear friend, Gemma, to brain cancer. Our worlds were turned upside down and I really struggled to make sense of how someone so full of life and positivity could be taken from us so early. Within 12 short months of Gemma passing, my beautiful mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and it hit me like a ton of bricks.
The very thought of losing her was incomprehensible. It’s fair to say that my belief and understanding of cancer and its survival rates weren’t great at all. That said, following a Mastectomy and a round of chemotherapy, thankfully my mother survived and is here today to tell her story. Most people have sadly been affected or know of someone that has been affected by Cancer. Life really is for living and we now have an opportunity to give back and ultimately save lives.”
The calendar includes a host of Bristolians who have all been affected by cancer including Laura Cozens, who was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2014 and has been undergoing treatment ever since. Speaking about the campaign Laura said:
“At first, I was somewhat reluctant to ‘bare all’ but I’m so proud of the calendar we’ve produced and to be part of this campaign. I’ve lived with cancer for over 5 years now and have benefited first hand from trials and new treatments in Bristol which, in turn, has significantly reduced the frequency of my cancer’s recurrence – from on average six times a year, to just once in the last 12 months. I hope Bristol gets behind us so we can reach our target to help others live with, and beat cancer.”
The money raised from sales of the calendar and ticket sales at the gala dinner in February will be used where possible to directly support those battling cancer in Bristol.
Cancer Research UK has spent £2million in the last year supporting various researchers and clinical trials in the Bristol and Bath region, and with one in two people in the UK being diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, Cancer Research UK’s work is even more vital now than ever before.
Calendars are on sale now, just in time for Christmas and can be bought here with a suggested donation of £10.
Tickets to the fundraising gala dinner are also on sale and can be bought here. Hosted by Jeff Brazier, the event will include a drink’s reception, a three-course meal, entertainment, music, auction, raffle and networking opportunities. Cancer Research UK will be in attendance, with key researchers citing the local impact funds have had.