Thursday 14 December 2017

Stars from West End musical Blood Brothers strip for Alzheimer’s charity

Alice Philipson

ACTRESSES who have starred in the hit West End musical Blood Brothers have posed nude for a calendar in aid of an Alzheimer's charity.

Past and present female stars of the show were persuaded to take part by 1970s' pop singer Lyn Paul, the former New Seekers' band member who has starred in the show.

Former X Factor contestant Niki Evans and show veteran Joanne Lorian were among those who stripped off for charity.

The calendar will raise money for the Alzheimer's Society, which supports people with dementia and funds research.

Ms Paul, whose late mother had Alzheimer's, said: "It took some nerve, and a lot of wine, but it was worth it."

She added: "I lost my lovely mum to Alzheimer's and I can't explain the heartbreak the disease causes, not only for the person diagnosed but also for the families.

"Watching this disease slowly take hold was the most devastating and cruellest thing to watch and experience, especially for my dad who was her carer and our rock."

Liz Showell, director of fundraising and marketing at Alzheimer's Society described the women who took part in the "daring stunt" as "very brave".

She said: "Not everyone would have the confidence to take part in a project like this, and we are all very grateful to them.

"We hope this calendar will bring a smile to the faces of many Blood Brothers' fans, and we are delighted that the money raised by sales will help people with dementia and their carers."

The hit film and stage show Calendar Girls first started the trend for nude calendar fundraising.

The hugely popular film, released in 2003, told the story of the women of Rylstone & District WI and their novel idea to pose nude as part of a fundraising effort for a local hospital.

The 2012 calendars will be on sale in theatres hosting the touring Blood Brothers production and from the Alzheimer's Society's online shop.

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