Sunderland calendar girls go global in cervical cancer fight

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CALENDAR girls have gone global in a bid to beat a deadly disease.

Wearside fund-raisers have used Miss World contestants as their inspiration for a calendar aimed at making a difference.

The 12 striking images will raise funds for Annie’s Dream, a charity set up in memory of a Sunderland mum who lost her fight with cervical cancer.

Anne Stamp, 41, from Ashbrooke, died from the disease in July.

Her sister Sara Smith and Sara’s daughter, Brogan Stafford, are among those to star in the calendar.

Sara, who runs her own business, Belly Dance Moves, said: “My sister had cervical cancer, she had had a hysterectomy but it still came back and she died from skin cancer which was secondary.

“She was only 41 and so full of life. We want to raise awareness while also keeping her memory alive.”

The family have set up Annie’s Dream in memory of Anne, which will raise funds for Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Nurses.

Proceeds from the calendar, which costs £6, will go to the fund.

Amy Pink, who organised the calendar, said she was touched by the work of Annie’s Dream.

The 31-year-old, of Humbledon, who also stars in the calendar, said: “This is the second year I’ve organised a calendar to raise awareness of cervical cancer.

“It affects so many women and is something which needs highlighting.”

She added: “The women in the calendar are all from Sunderland.

“We took the theme of different cities and places and shot it at Seaham Hall and Farringdon Club, who were so supportive.”

The calendars are available from Mandy’s Candys, in Southwick.

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