Sunderland’s Calendar Girls show all their frills

Rebecca Martin poses for the calendar.

Rebecca Martin poses for the calendar.

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AGED 30, Amy Pink never expected to encounter cancer.

However, the diagnosis of a close friend with cervical cancer, and a number of friends being affected by pre-cancerous cells, spurred her into doing something to make a change.

After watching Calendar Girls – the play based on the WI branch whose naked calendar snowballed into a multimillion pound charity fund-raiser – Amy decided to follow their lead.

The Humbledon mum-of-two enlisted the help of 10 friends, to strike a pose and make a difference for their own charity calendar.

She explained: “One of my close friends was diagnosed with cervical cancer and over the past couple of years a lot of my friends have had abnormal cells.

“It really brought it home to me that this could happen to me.

“Around the time of Jade Goody’s death there was a lot of publicity about cervical cancer, but since then it seems to have died down.

“Everyone knows that breast cancer is serious and can kill you.

“But a lot of people are affected by cervical cancer and it doesn’t seem to be as well known.”

She added: “I already do charity work because I believe every little helps.

“I had gone to watch the Calendar Girls at the Sunderland Empire and I loved the concept and what they had accomplished.

“I thought it would be the perfect thing for us to do.” Washington-based Duo Photos offered their services for free to capture the eye-catching images which form the calendar.

For the shoot, the models wore clothes from Amy’s business, Dangerous Couture clothing line.

Talking about the shoot, Amy said: “What a laugh we had. We all said how we wished it was our professional job.”

As well as raising awareness of cancer, funds raised by the calendar will be donated to Macmillan Nurses or Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Among those photographed for the cause was Charlotte Hill, 22, from Plains Farm, and Rebecca Martin, 23, from Thorney Close.

Charlotte said: “I’ve done shoots before, but this was more relaxed, it was really laid back and we had a lot of fun. We all feel really strongly about raising awareness of cervical cancer.

“We really feel like the screenings should be lowered from 25 to 21.

“Many of us who did the shoot wouldn’t be eligible for the screenings because of our age. This calendar is something we want to do every year now.”

Rebecca, a beautician, said: “I thought I’d have been more nervous than I was, but because it was for charity, it was a lot of fun.”

* The calendars, priced £3.50, are available from the Beauty Bar in Thorndale Road, Thorney Close; One 2 One Hair and Beauty in Hylton Road and Lloyds TSB in Sunderland Enterprise Park.