Strictly winner Ore Oduba took time out from an afternoon tea this week to dance in the streets of London’s Soho with two young blood cancer patients and original Calendar Girl, Angela Baker.
Andrew Berthoud (7) from Beckenham, Kent, danced for joy as he celebrated a year to the day of his final chemotherapy treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. He joined Londoner Sissy Bridge (24), who survived childhood leukaemia and is now a paediatric nurse, and original Calendar Girl Angela (71), as they quick-stepped their way down the streets to the delight of onlookers.
The group enjoyed tea and cake at Muriel’s Kitchen, Soho, alongside other cancer patients and their families, journalist John Sergeant, and fellow original Calendar Girls Beryl Bamforth, Christine Clancy and Tricia Stewart, ahead of the Gala night of The Girls, a brand new West End musical in support of blood cancer charity Bloodwise.
Andrew was reunited with Ollie Harrison (8) after the pair became friends in hospital during their treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
The Girls musical will support Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research), the charity long associated with the original Calendar Girls and their story. Angela Baker lost her husband John, to non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1998, sparking the idea to create the now infamous ‘alternative’ Women’s Institute calendar. To date, the ladies have raised millions of pounds for research into blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
Inspired by the incredible achievements of the ladies and following on from the success of the musical, Bloodwise is launching a brand new fundraising campaign – Tea With The Girls – which encourages family and friends to get together and enjoy an afternoon tea. Money raised from the initiative will be invested in blood cancer research to improve the lives of patients with the disease which kills more people each year than breast or prostate cancer.
For more information visit www.bloodwise.org.uk/tea-with-the-girls