(Press release issued March 27th 2015)
Three cancer charities have benefited from the phenomenal success of the 2015 Wrinklies Charity Calendar, the brainchild of Denbigh pensioner Jenny Stephens.
During the presentation of the cheques at the Guild Hall Tavern in Denbigh last Friday (27th March), 73 year old Jenny said she was delighted with their total of £9,000 which was divided equally between the Cancer Treatment Centre at Glan Clwyd Hospital, the local MacMillan Cancer Support team and the Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.
“I have been overwhelmed by the massive response” she said. “And I’d like to thank everyone involved, most of all the brave ladies who made this all possible. Also the numerous businesses and individual sponsors whose kind donations covered the printing costs.”
“Photographers Jayne and Chris Birchall gave their time and expertise free of charge, and Neumann Printers produced the calendar at rock-bottom cost price, which meant the whole of the £10 paid for each calendar from the initial print run could go straight to the charities. Everybody has been so generous,” she added.
Jenny chose the two local cancer charities because of the care they provided for her niece Bethan Waters who lost her battle with breast cancer in April 2013 aged 35. The Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust works to help families of young people who have cervical cancer at a young age and was included at the request of Jayne and Chris when their friend Sara Bowler was diagnosed with the illness at the age of just 25.
The Wrinklies launched the calendar with an Auction of Promises fund-raiser at the Oriel Hotel, St Asaph on October 4th 2014, opened by TV personality Gaynor Morgan Rees. Smooth-talking compare John Sellars put dozens of lots under the hammer giving the project a kick-start with over £3,000 being raised on the night.
“The auction donations were very generous. Two of us even auctioned off our fellas, Brian Ettridge and Ian Priesly, as male escorts and that raised mega bucks” laughed Jenny.
Music was provided on the night by Bluegrass singers Tom & Lynda and by local folk band Jabberwocky with Neil Webster and Mike Williams on M.C. and “auction runner” duties, and helpers Jo and Kerry on the door and selling raffle tickets.
“We’ve all felt quite famous” Jenny admitted. “The Free Press and ITV Wales News have been so supportive and we also had a fabulous spread in Chat Magazine and several of the national daily papers”.
Amid the joy of the three charities each receiving their cheques for £3,000 there was a poignant moment as the assembled “Wrinklies” paid tribute to Betty Morris, one of the “Miss July” calendar girls, who sadly passed away suddenly at the end of January aged 86.
“She went out a star and will be sadly missed” said Jenny.
There will be a couple of hundred pounds left over thanks to some last minute calendar sales and this will go towards a fund-raising Wrinklies Charity Concert planned for later in the year starring local celebrity Mike Peters of The Alarm.
(March 5th 2015)
The Wrinklies Calendar has tipped the £9,000 mark!
Not just for your bravery and resolve in front of the camera, but for your sterling efforts in selling copies of the calendar far and wide!
Jenny, in particular, the driving force behind the whole project, has been relentless in keeping the sales going.
The final amount raised is also a fitting tribute to Betty Morris, one of our “July” ladies, who sadly passed away at the end of January. The lovely Betty had spent a huge chunk of her 86 years doing charity work and was thrilled when told the total had reached the £8,000 mark!
On Friday 27th of March 2015 at 2.00pm the three charities benefitting from the spoils will each receive a cheque for £3,000 at a special presentation at The Guildhall Tavern in Denbigh.
The remaining £224 will remain in the Wrinklies Charity bank account as a “starter” for a further fund-raiser in November when Mike Peters, of The Alarm, will be headlining a charity concert to celebrate the calendar’s success. More details will be posted here once a firm date and venue has been arranged.
Fabulous press coverage for our Naked Nannas in Chat Magazine’s bumper Christmas issue…
also in the
Gala Launch Night and Auction of Promises
Oct 2nd 2014 at Oriel House Hotel, St Asaph raises £3,250
Launch Night Report
The Calendar Launch Night was huge success with a packed ballroom at the Oriel House Hotel, who kindly provided the use of their beautifully appointed Vale Suite free of charge.
Television actress and former mayor of Denbigh, Gaynor Morgan Rees, officially opened the proceedings. Lots of calendars were sold and the talented raconteur John Sellers lived up to his name by selling every single item that had been generously donated in the Auction of Promises.
MC Neil Webster kept the evening running smoothly and musical entertainment was provided by Rhyl Folk and Acoustic Club members Tom and Lynda, and by Jabberwocky comprising Gill, Ian, Mick and Jilly. All of whom provided their services and talents free of charge.
With £3,250 being raised on the night, the ladies are well on their way to total calendar sales in the region of £8,000 to £10,000.
Calendars will be available from: Denbigh indoor market, Con Amici Italian Restaurant, The Secret Garden or the Chocolate Box, all in Denbigh; at Siop Nain and The Studio, both in Ruthin or direct from any of the ‘calendar girls’.
When fifteen ladies aged between 64 and 85 decide to raise money for charity, you’d expect them to hold a coffee morning or do a sponsored knit.
Not so, these glamorous grannies from the Vale of Clwyd. Instead they stripped off all their clothes to become “calendar girls”!
The 2015 Wrinklies Charity Calendar was the brainchild of 71 year old Jenny Stephens from Denbigh.
“I wanted to do something to raise money for charity in memory of my niece Bethan Waters who lost her battle with breast cancer in April last year (2013) aged 35.” She said.
“Also for my dear sister in law Joan Stephens and friends Don and Joan Owens, also lost to cancer recently. This is a terrible disease and we want to raise as much as possible to give to the local branch of Macmillan Nurses and the Glan Clwyd Cancer Unit.”
“A portion of the money raised will also be donated to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust at the request of our photographers Jayne and Chris Birchall who haven’t charged us a penny for their time and talent.” she added.
This will be the Birchalls’ fifth naked charity calendar, the previous four having raised over £30,000.
So was it a challenge photographing fifteen ladies with a combined age of over one thousand years in various states of undress?
“Not at all” said Chris, aka The Hairy Photographer. “Our calendars are ‘naughty but nice’ full of humour and always tasteful. These are a great bunch of ladies, full of fun and not a bit inhibited.”
“I’m more or less retired myself now, so this is a good way for me to help local charities” he added.
The photo shoots took place at various locations. Some indoors, involving tea and cakes, knitting and flower arranging.
Some were shot outdoors in gardens and in a hot tub. Others were shot out in the countryside. “We even had a Lady Godiva moment” Chris laughed.
The calendar is due to be launched at a special Gala Night at the Oriel House Hotel in St Asaph on October 2nd. There will be entertainment with a live folk/bluegrass band. There will be a grand raffle and an Auction of Promises.
“We’ve had some wonderful donations” Said Jenny. “People have been so generous.”
Tickets for the event are available for just £3 from any of the calendar girls, from the organiser Jenny Stephens on 01745 812280, or from The Studio in Market Street, Ruthin.
Jayne & Chris Birchall – 01824 704844