Calendar girl's bid to raise charity cash

A woman fighting breast cancer took part in a topless photoshoot for a calendar inspired by the famous Calendar Girls film to raise money for CancerCare.

Thursday, 26th July 2018, 12:16 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th July 2018, 1:17 pm
Toni Riddick, (right) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer has done a calendar similar to Calendar Girls to raise money for CancerCare.

Toni Riddick, 50, of Lancaster, is undergoing chemotherapy and is due to have a lump removed from her breast.

She has also been going to CancerCare in Lancaster.

Bored with not being able to work, Toni had always wanted to do a calendar after watching the famous film.

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Along with family and friends, the women posed topless for pictures behind a hedge, or with their breasts hidden.

Toni said: “It was really quite liberating!”

The 2019 calendar will be available soon through social media, or from The Middle Holly tearoom at Forton.

If you could help by sponsoring the calendar, contact Toni via Facebook.

All proceeds for CancerCare.

Toni said: “I was looking on social media and found someone called Billy Akrigg , who I thought must be related to me.

“He turned out to be my dad’s cousin’s son, Billy Akrigg.

“I hadn’t seen him in 15 years. When he found out I had cancer he wanted to do a challenge at his gym, BA Fitness at Trimpell. If you do the challenge which is £5 per person, Billy will match it.

“I’m also planning on holding a prosecco and gin event on October 13 to raise money for CancerCare.”

Toni has also set up a justgiving page to raise £2000 so she can have the BRCA Mutation test to see if she carries the breast cancer gene.

Toni said: “If the test comes back positive there’s a high risk that my daughter will have inherited it and be prone to getting breast cancer later on in life. It could also cause complications when she decides to start a family as the gene is passed on.

“Anything raised over £1500 will go towards CancerCare.”

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