The Calendar Girls

The Real Calendar Girls

Angela Baker, Tricia Stewart, Beryl Bamford,  Ros Fawcett, Lynda Logan  and Christine Clancy.

The Inspiration

When leukaemia patient Paul Carless met the Calendar Girls, he was inspired by them to get involved with Bloodwise and to raise funds. He and Tom Stockwell have undertaken challenges over the last four years to raise money for Bloodwise.

To date, the Girls have raised over £5 million pounds for Bloodwise! A staggering amount.

Calendar Girls The Musical

Written by Tim Firth and Gary Barlow, the musical tells the story of how the alternative WI Calendar came into being. Tim Firth wrote the screenplay for Calendar Girls starring Helen Mirren and Julie Waters and later turned this into a stage play. 

Tim collaborated with Gary Barlow to write the musical version which enjoyed a run at the Phoenix Theatre in the West End in 2017. The musical is to tour starting in August 2018.

A lyric from the opening song 'Yorkshire' was the inspiration for this challenge. Watch this performed at the 2017 Olivier Awards.

Our Bloodwise Fundraising Challenges

Skydive with the Parachute Regiment's Red Devils 2014

July 2014:  A 12,000 ft freefall then parachute landing. One of the first challenges following diagnosis to raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, the former name of Bloodwise.

UK Coast 2 Coast 2015

May 2015: From Sunderland to Whitehaven. 142 miles and 11,320 ft of climb in 3 days,  Tom Stockwell, Paul Carless and Craig Hoile.

London to Paris 2016

September 2016:  Tom and Paul with around 200 other riders cycled the 500km from London to Paris. Pace cars, motorbike outriders and rolling road-blocks felt like riding in the Tour de France!

Bloodwise Blenheim Triathlon 2017

June 2017: This one had us worried! 750m open water swim, 20km cycle & 5km run. All in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace. So good we're going back again this year. Training for Amsterdam 2 Yorkshire.

Prudential Ride100 2017

July 2017: 100 miles cycling from the Olympic Stadium through London, out to the Surrey Hills, up them, then back into Town with a finish line in The Mall. All roads closed. Long day....

London to Paris 2017

September 2017: Because it was so good last year, we did it again!