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Calendar Girls' fundraising finale

The Calendar Girls Credit: Calendar News

The original Calendar Girls, from North Yorkshire, are preparing for a fundraising finale at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Calendar Girls were inspired by the death of a dearly-loved husband and friend, John Baker, to make the first ever “Alternative WI Calendar”.

In the 13 years since then, the girls have raised nearly £3m for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and have been the inspiration for the award winning film starring Julie Walters and Helen Mirren, as well as the most successful UK touring play ever.

Calendar Girls on Yorkshire's stage for the last time.

It has been a global phenomenon, but now the award-winning stage production of Calendar Girls is back in Yorkshire for the last time. It is inspired by the true story of Angela Baker and her friends from the Women’s Institute in the North Yorkshire village of Cracoe.

They decided to put together a calendar to raise money for a sofa at the hospital where Angela’s husband, John, died suddenly from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. So far, they have raised over £2 million for Leukaemia Research and their story has been turned in to a Hollywood film.

Lynda Bellingham stars in the stage production, alongside Camilla Dallerup and Lisa Riley at Leeds Grand Theatre.