COURAGEOUS cancer patients have launched a fundraising calendar to prove that “bald is beautiful”.
A group of glamorous patients from St Helens Hospital’s Lilac Centre unveiled their 2012 calendar at St Helens Town Hall yesterday (September 13).
Stunning shots on the January to November pages all depict women who have had or are in the middle of cancer treatment.
And the December photo shows a group of survivors celebrating, in party clothes, with their hair fully re-grown.
Following the photo session, one of the models, Jenny Laughton, said: “Today felt like ‘my day’. I’m just an ordinary mum, working part-time, but today, instead of feeling sick, I felt special.”
Joanne Cunliffe, a fellow model, commented: “This is the second time I’ve lost my hair. The first time I just couldn’t face anyone. I remember taking the dog for a walk and I crossed the road about ten times to avoid people. But now I’m dealing with it.”
And Janet Dawber, another patient model, added: “I thought losing my hair was the worst thing. I hope this calendar will make it easier for anyone facing that.”
The “bald is beautiful” calendar, priced £5.99, is aimed at conveying a positive and heart-warming message - as well as helping to raise vital funds for the award-winning Lilac Centre.
The Lilac Centre is a chemotherapy day unit, which offers a wide range of therapies alongside top-class medical treatment.
Complementary therapy co-ordinator, Shirlie Deveney, said: “We wanted to show these ladies, and women as a whole, that losing your hair doesn’t mean losing your femininity. The calendar shows the journey the women have been on and how they’ve remained feisty, funny and sexy throughout.”
Ann Marr, the local NHS Trust’s chief executive, added: “These are extraordinarily brave ladies and we hope that as many people as possible will show their support by purchasing this calendar.”
To buy your calendar, go to the Lilac Centre, Costa coffee shops at Whiston and St Helens Hospitals, or the town centre Saints shop.
You can also purchase the calendar from Absolute Hair and Beauty, Renaissance Hair and Beauty, Tyrer’s Hairdressers and Unique Hairdressers.