Barnoldswick women bare all for Bosom Babes calendar

Craven Herald: The Bosom Babes calendar launch at the Bosom Friends shop with Steph Kendall, Amanda Armer, Sally Waddington, Gaynor Mason, Lisa Holt and Linda Sagar The Bosom Babes calendar launch at the Bosom Friends shop with Steph Kendall, Amanda Armer, Sally Waddington, Gaynor Mason, Lisa Holt and Linda Sagar

A group of friends from Barnoldswick have bared all for a charity calendar.

The 11 women, aged 28 to 40, who call themselves the Barlick Bosom Babes, posed for the calendar to raise money for local cancer support charity, the Barnoldswick and Earby Bosom Friends.

It was launched at the Bosom Friends’ shop in Barnoldswick on Saturday.

“The launch was very successful,” said Bosom Friends founder Mary Brennan. “We sold dozens of calendars, though we still have many that we would like to sell before Christmas.”

The calendar was produced in memory of local woman Patricia Cryer, 63, who grew up in the Skipton area and who died in November 2010 following a 10-year battle with breast cancer.

Her three daughters – Amanda, Sally and Emily – came up with the idea for the calendar and convinced their friends to take part as well. They said: “She was an amazingly brave woman and she fought hard to stay with us and underwent rounds of chemotherapy. No matter how ill she felt she always looked fabulous and had a smile on her face.

“All she wanted was to enjoy life and spend as much time as possible with her family and friends, and she carried on doing that right until the end.

“Her courage and strength was incredible. We miss her terribly and that will never leave us, but by producing this calendar with our friends we have a chance to honour her memory and remember how much love and laughter she shared with us all.

“We know she would have joined us in the making of this calendar if she was still here with us, and her presence was definitely felt throughout the day as we took the photos.

“We wanted to create this calendar to give a little back to Bosom Friends for all the emotional support and help they have provided to us.

“All of us included in the making of this calendar have been touched by the effects of cancer in one way or another and many of us are grieving the loss of loved ones.”

The calendar, which costs £5.99, is available at several local shops as well as through Bosom Friends.

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