Carolyn raises her hat for cancer research


A SHADWELL mum has swapped her clothes for a strategically placed hat in a fundraising calendar.

Carolyn Eyre posed for the Calendar Girls-inspired shoot in order to raise money for the brain tumour research.

The mum of four decided to do the daring shoot in memory of her mum, Joan Wells, who was diagnosed with brain tumours in October 2003, and who died from the disease just 19 weeks later.

Carolyn said taking part had been extremely important to her: “Fundraising for this fantastic charity is a whole family affair and for me, the opportunity to take part in the calendar was just too tempting.

“It was a great comfort to learn that great progress has been made in palliative care over the last 20 years.

“My wish is that through research we will make sufficient progress to make palliative care a rare need.

“My mum liked to party and loved to laugh so I think she would be with me in this photo if she could.”

Carol Robertson, fundraiser and development manager of the Bingley-based Brain Tumour Research and Support charity, and Tina Boden, trustee of the charity Ellie’s Fund Brain Tumour Trust, collaborated to create their own calendar, Raise Your Hats for Research 2012.

Carol said: “Thousands of people, including children, are diagnosed with a brain tumour in Britain every year, yet they remain one of the most underfunded categories of cancer. All proceeds from the calendar will not only help support patients within the county but will also contribute to the funding and development of the recently launched brain tumour research laboratory at the Leeds Institute for Molecular Medicine at St James’ Hospital.”

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The calendar is on sale, priced £10, from Monday from various outlets or from