Calendar Girls: Glamorous Grannies Bare It All To Raise Money For Cancer Charities

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When fifteen ladies from northeast Wales, who range in age from 64 to 85, decided to raise money for local cancer charities, the stereotypical bake sale or knit-a-thon never even made it to their fundraising conversation table. Instead, these “glamorous grannies” opted to strip down, bare it all, and become “calendar girls” on a mission to help fight a terrible disease.

The 2015 Wrinklies Charity Calendar was the brainchild of 71-year-old Jenny Stephens. “I wanted to do something to raise money for charity in memory of my niece Bethan Waters who lost her battle with breast cancer in April last year at the age of 35,” Jenny explained. “Also for my dear sister-in-law Joan Stephens and friends Don and Joan Owens, also lost to cancer recently.”

With that, Jenny, along with the other selfless women supporting her vision, opted for the go bold, or go home approach to philanthropy.

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Photographed pro bono by Chris Birchall, the photo shoots took place at various indoor and outdoor locations, and involved some strategically placed tea cakes and knitting.

Of shooting these 15 courageous women who have an incredible 1,053 years of life between them, Chris remarked, “Our calendars are ‘naughty but nice’ full of humour and always tasteful. These are a great bunch of ladies, full of fun and not a bit inhibited.”

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The 2015 Wrinklies Charity Calendar launched in October, and the ladies have already raised more than half their £10,000 ($15,000) target. The proceeds raised through the sale of the calendar will be distributed to a variety of local cancer charities.

When people ask Jenny what it’s like to pose nude she puts it all in perspective, “Who cares about saggy bits and the odd wrinkle? We need to cherish our bodies whatever our age. Life is too short to worry.”

All images © Chris Birchall
  • Amy Luna Manderino

    I applaud the charitable efforts of these women, but this isn’t a calendar of older women. It’s a calendar of unhealthy women. Humans of any age can be fit and have a healthy Body Mass Index with proper diet and exercise. All this calendar does is enable our older citizens to maintain unhealthy lifestyles by normalizing these images as what “older” women look like. This is what people who don’t exercise look like.

    • benji

      Please shut up and spare us. I see only a couple ladies here that look overweight. The others look fine, and have normal sagging from aging. And yes, weight gain IS a normal part of the aging process (even with proper diet and exercise, due to hormones). Your policing of their bodies isn’t doing anything but making you look like a sanctimonious, judgmental person.

    • Linda Yelvington

      Women should empower one another and this is hatespeach. Get a grip. These ladies are gorgeous!

      • Amy Luna Manderino

        I appreciate your efforts to “defend” these women, but you both are operating under some misconceptions. We now know that 80% of what we call “aging” is not due to genetics or chronological age, but to life habits. “Sagging” for example, is not from “aging” but from poor muscle tone from–not exercising your muscles. Women are particularly susceptible because we’re conditioned to believe that exercising for muscle tone will make us “unfeminine.” And the “hormones” excuse is a cover up for “diet full of bread and sugar,” which includes soda and alcohol.

        I AM defending all older people when I tell the truth about our health. Continuing to enable bad habits with the lie that’s it’s “age” keeps our entire population weak and unhealthy. Check out the books “Use Your Brain to Change Your Age” and “Younger Next Year” and join the aging revolution! It’s not “hate speech” to tell the truth, even if it’s a new truth people aren’t yet ready to hear. 🙂

        “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

        Arthur Schopenhauer

    • ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ

      Well, doctors, dieticians, and other medical professionals note that seniors with extra weight tend to live longer. Thinness becomes frailty, and frailty leads to falls, breakages, and poor bone-knitting. I’m skinny now but I hope I can live as long as the oldest ones can.

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