Rhubarb & Custard WI: Inspired by the Calendar Girls

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Rachael Kennedy writes:

Today, everyone is only too aware of the needs of our world— locally, nationally and internationally.

The media is full of appeals, bringing disasters home to touch our hearts. The immediate reaction tends to be “what can I do?” or “what can my WI do?”

The Morley WI has chosen some specific causes to support throughout the forthcoming months.

The first of which is Bloodwise, the charity formerly known as Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and one which has been heavily supported through The Calendar Girls.

The story of the Calendar Girls began in 1998 when John Baker, husband of Angela Baker was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. John sadly passed away just a few months of treatment, but in the months following their loss, Angela and her friends set about creating the now infamous calendar as something for Angela to focus on during this difficult time.

The group aimed to raise enough for a new sofa for the hospital where John was treated and were amazed when the calendar attracted international press attention.

So far, they’ve raised over £3 million for Bloodwise, creating over seven calendars, establishing their own merchandise line, and giving numerous talks about their own experiences.

Morley WI are delighted to announce that Angela (Miss April) will be joining us alongside Tricia Stewart (Miss October) on 14th June 7.30pm at Morley Town Hall to talk to our members about this incredible journey.

Morley WI members will receive priority seating at this event and tickets will also be available for the general public and can be purchased by contacting morleyevents@live.co.uk or through eventbrite http://morleywicalendargirls.eventbrite.co.uk

Everyone knows the story of how a group of extraordinary women, members of a Yorkshire WI group, persuaded one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference.

And when members of the Morley WI committee enjoyed a night out to see The Girls, adapted for the stage with music written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, we were inspired to follow in the footsteps of our brave counterparts.

Members of the Morley WI have agreed to participate and create our very own alternative calendar, this time raising much needed funds for the Brain Tumour and Research Support (BTRS) charity.

Inspired by one of our own members, and by the sheer bravery and courage of fellow WI colleagues, we are currently in the exciting planning stages of our very own WI 2017 Calendar which will be ‘revealed’ later this year.

Morley WI will be running a stall at this year’s St George’s Street Festival on Saturday 23rd April to raise funds for Bloodwise.

We are asking for donations of cakes and bakes to sell on the day and please come along and show your support.