Stars step in for our calendar girl

Teaching assistant Katie Mallalieu of Lytham has organised a celebrity-filled calendar in a bid to raise �100,000 for the Alzheimer's Society, including  stars who featured in the play Calendar Girls.
Teaching assistant Katie Mallalieu of Lytham has organised a celebrity-filled calendar in a bid to raise �100,000 for the Alzheimer's Society, including stars who featured in the play Calendar Girls.

Katie Mallalieu, a teaching assistant at Ansdell Primary School, Lansdowne Road, Ansdell, gathered a dozen celebrities to feature in a series of paintings and photographs of people with a link to dementia.

Katie said: “I sent letters to hundreds of celebrities and eventually found 12 who said yes to appearing in the calendar.”

Stars including Lisa Riley, currently performing in Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1, Lynda Bellingham, famed for her role as the Oxo mum in the memorable television adverts, and Camilla Dallerup, a former dancer on Strictly Come Dancing, all helped contribute to the calendar.

Katie, who paired each celebrity with someone who has experience of dementia, added: “Watching someone you love be taken to a place where you can no longer reach them is one of the most devastating things to have to witness.

“Helping the Alzheimer’s Society raise money to support people in these situations and continue to provide the services that it does has become vitally important to me.

“The photography and paintings are stunning and the models have a message – for example with Camilla is Bernard Collinge of Garstang, near Preston, whose wife Karen was diagnosed with dementia aged just 49.

“I’ve reached for the stars and I know the funds we raise through the calendar will make a difference to the lives of people with dementia and their families. You never know when you might need a charity like the Alzheimer’s Society.”

Lynda Bellingham, who appears in the calendar alongside Katie said:“Having been a Calendar Girl on stage, it’s wonderful to now be appearing in one for the month of May that will raise funds for a charity close to my heart.

“As a proud ambassador of Alzheimer’s Society, I can’t speak highly enough of the work they do to support people living with dementia, their carers and their families.”

The funds raised from the calendar will help us continue making a worthwhile difference to so many people.”

The Alzheimer’s Society Calendar costs £10 and is available from www.
alzcalendar.co.uk