Gidea Park fundraising group make full use of nature’s gifts

�A team of fundraisers from Gidea Park who have raised more than �150,000 for breast cancer sufferers have stripped off for a charity calendar.

A group of women have bared all for the calendar, inspired by the Helen Mirren film Calendar Girls, in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Dawn Jacques, one of the organisers of the event said: “We have all seen the film Calendar Girls and we thought it would be good to do it for a charity that we care so much about.”


The photographs for the calendar were taken last Saturday in Gidea Park.

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The cheeky but tasteful calendar features the women posing with shopping bags for January and pretending to be back at school for September.

Dawn said: “It was amazing.Some of the women found it very difficult to strip off and they really pushed their boundaries. I saw them all go into the room really nervous and they came out smiling and they all looked really pleased.

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“The calendar is very tasteful. It is not young girls posing naked, but we are all mature women who are showing our bodies in a very good way.”

The calendar, was organised by Sweet Charity, a fundraising group set up by Dawn, 51 and her friends Claire George, 44, and Denise Cutbill, 51, all from Gidea Park, to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Dawn, whose sister Linda Cooke died from breast cancer in 2000, came up with the idea of the calendar a month ago.

She then managed to recruit 10 other women at the group’s annual charity ball to take part in the calendar.

Dawn said: “They were all really happy to take part because it is for such a good cause and it is something they are all really passionate about.”

Sweet Charity has raised more than �150,000 since 2000 for Cancer Research UK.

Last year, the group was given an award for its services to the charity.

Dawn said: “I am really passionate about raising money for the charity because they rely heavily on donations.

“I know that they will find a cure for cancer, but it is just a matter of time.”

The calendar costs �10 and is available from

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