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“Calendar Girls” is being performed by amateur group Collaborative Productions at Rangeworthy Village Hall from 21 to 23 September, a charity event raising funds for BUST and Blood Cancer UK.

BUST, started in 1990, supports Bristol‘s only breast care centre based at Southmead Hospital.  1,000 new cancer patients a year, of which one in seven women and a small number of men, are diagnosed with breast cancer.  BUST have raised over £1.5 Million and continue to raise funds to provide the unit with state-of-the-art more advanced equipment to benefit current and future patients, to aid and speed up diagnosis and treatment, from ultrasound scanners in every consulting room to the latest additions for mammography and MRI technologies.

Blood Cancer UK funds world-class research into all blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.  360 researchers are being funded across the UK in search of the next breakthrough. Their research has already helped transform treatments and taken them to the point where the day blood cancer will be beaten is now in sight.  Since 1960 when the charity was founded in the name of The Leukaemia Research Fund they have invested over £500 Million in blood cancer research, transforming treatments and saving lives.  Since being founded the charity has undergone three re-brandings (Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research from 2010 2015, Bloodwise from 2015 2020 and finally to Blood Cancer UK in 2020).

“Calendar Girls” is based on an inspiring true story of a group of friends from a Yorkshire WI who do something extraordinary and spark a global phenomenon when they persuade one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference!  The WI ladies joined forces to raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research when one of their husbands died of a form of blood cancer, wherein lies our link to Blood Cancer UK, and similarly the local breast cancer charity BUST.  It is a story of love and friendship, and a celebration of what can be achieved when human beings come together with a common goal.

 

Suitable for those 16 or over, there are three evening performances at 7.30pm and a Saturday matinee at 2.30 pm. Tickets will be on sale with effect from 1 July costing £12 and £10 (concessions), also group bookings of 10+ get one free ticket.  Visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/collaborative-productions or ring TicketSource phone line 0333 666 3366 (for additional £2 fee plus regular 7% booking fee).  Walk-in cash bookings are also available at the Rose & Crown in Rangeworthy.

If you would like to support these two charities by seeing this wonderful play, make sure you secure your ticket early as it is undoubtedly going to be popular.