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The Calendar Girls celebrate our 50th birthday at City Inn Leeds

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02 Nov 2010

The Calendar Girls were among a host of celebrities celebrating Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s 50th anniversary at City Inn, Leeds, last night.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of City Inn, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research has been able to invite friends and supporters to celebration evenings across the UK all year, entirely free of charge.

David Orr, Chief Executive of City Inn says: "As part of City Inn’s ongoing support for a well-loved charity, we are honoured to host this special evening and welcome Yorkshire’s very own Calendar Girls and all the charity’s supporters to City Inn Leeds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s 50th anniversary celebrations."

The ladies, who have raised over £2 million for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, came together over a glass of wine and canapes with Emmerdale favourites Tony Audenshaw, Chris Chittell, Lesley Dunlop and Nicola Wheeler as well as supporters, Branches and researchers to hear about the charity’s key achievements over the last five decades of blood cancer research.

Tony and Chris are both regular runners with Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s TVTimes celebrity running team – the largest celebrity running team in the country.

Calendar Girl Angela Baker said: "For us this is what it is all about, getting together with other fundraisers from across Yorkshire and celebrating Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s 50th anniversary and all it has achieved over the past five decades. It has been a lovely evening."

Earlier this month Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research unveiled Leeds and York as a ‘Yorkshire Centre of Excellence’ for its work on understanding the causes of blood cancers and improving diagnosis, but also its groundbreaking research into new treatments.

The charity currently has £7.5 million invested in 11 research projects in the University of Leeds and the University of York. Researchers at the two institutions collaborate on several groundbreaking projects.