Cheeky calendars raise over £1,700 for Grantham Hospice

Grantham Dramatic Society hands over a donation to Tina Dingley, of Grantham Hospice.
Grantham Dramatic Society hands over a donation to Tina Dingley, of Grantham Hospice.
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An impressive £1,714 was raised for Grantham Hospice through the sale of cheeky calendars starring body confident female members of Grantham Dramatic Society.

Cast and crew from the Grantham Dramatic Society production of Calendar Girls stripped off as a celebration of the original ‘Alternative WI’ calendar, which started the worldwide Calendar Girls phenomenon.

GDS chairman Helen Pack said: “We’re thrilled to have been able to raise so much for the hospice. Many of our members have been affected by cancer and other illnesses so we were all extremely keen to make a success of the calendar. Grantham Dramatic Society was formed in 1945 to raise funds for good causes after World War Two. In the same spirit, we produced the calendar to raise funds for St Barnabas Hospice which provides care for people with life-limiting illnesses.”

A cheque was presented to the hospice’s assistant fund-raising manager Tina Dingley this week. She said: “On behalf of everyone at St Barnabas Grantham Hospice I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone from GDS for nominating the hospice to receive the proceeds from the sales of the Calendar Girls calendars. Also, a huge thank you to everyone who very generously purchased the calendars which resulted in the hospice receiving the magnificent sum of £1,714 which will help us continue providing specialist hospice care within the local community; it really is greatly appreciated.”

Remaining calendars are still available from the hospice, in Barrowby Road, for a small donation.