Afternoon Tea with the Calendar Girls was held at the Pavilions of Harrogate on Sunday, 11 May 2014. The event, hosted by Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the original Calendar Girls, was in celebration of the highly successful amateur dramatic stage-show version of the Calendar Girls film, which came to a close this year.
Rebecca, aged 14, was the recipient of the ‘John Baker’ award. The award is named after the husband of original Calendar Girl Angela Baker. Rebecca has been diagnosed with leukaemia three times, and at the gala she spoke on stage about her blood cancer journey.
Rebecca, who was presented with the award by Angela, said: “I was honoured to receive the John Baker award and had a fabulous day. It was great to meet all the Calendar Girls.”
Angela added: “Rebecca has shown great courage during her long illness and has also shown determination, uncompromising spirit and good humour. She definitely deserves a John Baker Award as she has been an inspiration to others, especially her family and friends.
Four other special awards were also presented at the gala, including the ‘Annie’ award for showing courage in the face of personal adversity and the ‘Chris’ award for inspirational fundraising (I've listed the winners below). All the Calendar Girls were present at the gala, as well as Tim Firth, the co-writer of the film and the author of the stage show.
The 213 amateur productions of the Calendar Girls stage show have raised more than £100,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research over the past 18 months and this event was a lovely way to celebrate this.
For an amateur Calendar Girl's perspective on the event, read this blog from Alison Lee.
John Baker Award – Rebecca Alton
Annie Award – in memory of Maureen Tolefree
Chris Award – Jill Turner
Ruth Award - Tammy-Marie Green
Tim Firth Award – Sterts Theatre on the Moor