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Brave Blaby businesses strip off for charity calendar

2 December 2014

A cheeky charity calendar featuring local businesses in Blaby is being sold to raise funds for PCRF.

In a fantastic display of community spirit, Blaby Parish Council and local businesses have rallied round mum-of-one, Nicola Overton, to help her raise money for research into pancreatic cancer, the disease that claimed the life of her mum.  

Nicola’s mum, Mary Overton, died in March last year just six days after being diagnosed. She had lived in Blaby for forty years with her husband Dave, who was born in in the village. “It was terrible to lose mum so quickly,” says Nicola. “We didn’t really have time to say goodbye properly or prepare ourselves for losing her. We feel robbed – she was only 61 - we thought she’d be with us for another twenty years or so.  It’s still hard to believe she’s gone and we miss her dreadfully.”

She first came across the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (PCRF) when looking for a charity to send funeral donations to. She was shocked to learn that pancreatic cancer has the worst survival rates of any cancer and that survival rates have not improved in forty years.

With the support of friends and family Nicola, has continued to channel her energy into fundraising for PCRF, with a cake stall at the Blaby summer Gala, running three half marathons in a six week period and organising a curry night with raffle and auctions of donated prizes (including a hamper donated by Harrods). So far she has raised over £3,000. 

Impressed by Nicola’s energy and determination, Blaby Parish Council selected the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund as its Charity of the Year, and its committee set about looking at ways to support Nicola and the charity more widely. butchers in the buff

Penny Smith of Blaby Parish Council says: “We wanted something quick, fun, and importantly, something that could involve the whole community – and that’s when the calendar was proposed. The reaction from local businesses has been incredible – it’s not every day you’re asked to take your clothes off at work and be photographed, but everyone got into the spirit of the occasion, and a local photographer and design & print company also generously helped out. ”

The calendar costs just £5, and is on sale at all the local retailers who took part, including Blaby Butchers, the Fox & Tiger pub and Edmonds and Slatter opticians. It’s also available via the PCRF website

“My mum was lovely - a really happy lady who was very content with her lot in life. She loved living in Blaby and being part of village life  – she instilled in all of us the importance of family and community. She would have  found the calendar hilarious and would probably have been one of the first to buy a copy, and it’s fantastic that the village has rallied round like this in her memory,” says Nicola.

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