29 December 2019 02:36
Published by The Stray FM News Team at 6:50am 28th December 2019. (Updated at 8:15am 28th December 2019) Angela Knowles (pictured left) from Linton in Craven near Grassington has helped raise almost £6 million for Bloodwise. It's been announced that one of the original 'Calendar Girls' has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours. 74 year old Angela Knowles from Linton in Craven was one of the famous group whose calendar inspired the hugely successful film, stage play and musical. The original calendar was created in memory of Angela's husband John, who died from non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
One of the original 'Calendar Girls' has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list. Angela Knowles, who's 74 and from Linton in Craven near Grassington, recently received a letter telling her the good news. Following the tragic death of her husband from non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1998, she and her friends decided to do something different to raise awareness and funds for those affected by blood cancer. They set about creating their infamous Alternative Women's Institute Calendar to raise money for the local hospital and for blood cancer research. That first calendar sold 56,000 copies and so began the global phenomenon of The Calendar Girls. All monies raised from the sale of the calendar were donated to Bloodwise and the story inspired the Buena Vista film 'Calendar Girls', working closely with Angela to ensure the story remained true to its roots. The film alone grossed nearly $100million and inspired the stage play, which became the most successful UK touring play ever. She donated everything for the benefit of others, including donating all of the rights of her story to Bloodwise. Her story has been an inspiration to so many. She has most recently worked with Gary Barlow and Tim Firth to turn her story into the hit West End musical 'Calendar Girls: The Musical'. All profits have gone to Bloodwise to fund the vital blood cancer research undertaken to find a cure for blood cancer. The bucket collections at the shows have themselves raised over £220,000 in donations from the audiences as they leave. She was a Trustee of Bloodwise from 2006 to 2013 and is now Honorary President.