Calendar Girls Turn Back Time for Cancer Research
Friday 18th December 2015 @ 11:33 by Tom Greggan
News Stalybridge

Two Stalybridge ladies have helped turn the clock back for a 2016 calendar to raise money for Cancer
Research UK.

Sophie Le Port, who grew up in Glossop and who now lives in Buxton, is behind the idea. She has always been passionate about Cancer Research UK and decided at the beginning of this year that she wanted to do something to fundraise for the cause.

Sophie lost her grandmother to cancer and her fundraising decision became even more poignant after losing her brother-in-law to the disease in July.

She said: “I knew it had to be for Cancer Research UK purely because cancer is something that everyone comes into contact with at some point in their lives and I feel that the research element is so incredibly crucial.”

Calendar Girls

Sophie has always had a passion for vintage, particularly the 1940s, and has been dancing Lindy Hop for six years as well as sitting on the committee for Manchester Lindy.

It was this love that inspired an idea to create a vintage pin-up charity calendar and with the dance group being so popular in the city there were plenty of people from all over Manchester interested in taking part.

Not least group members Lauren Halpin and Meg Lomas, both from Stalybridge, who grace the pages of the calendar as Miss October and Miss May respectively.

Sophie explained: “There are some really iconic images of pin-ups from the 1930s straight through to the 60s and 70s, so we decided to try and recreate them.

“I asked the girls to choose an image that they thought represented themselves in some way. We were all a bit nervous, but everyone was really happy with the result.”

Calendar Girl 2

The calendar is sponsored by local businesses meaning that costs for its creation and printing are covered so that all proceeds from the sale of the calendar can go straight to Cancer Research UK.

Photographs were taken by Simon Hunt who owns Alt Studio in Manchester and printing was done by Carfax in London.

Sophie added: “We are hoping to raise £3,000 and I’m already running out of calendars so we may have to put in another print order soon!”

The calendars are £12.50 and can be bought online at www.rockstepradio.com or by joining the Facebook group Vintage Pinup calendar 2016 Cancer Research.

They are also available from the Dog and Partridge in Stalybridge.