30 Jan 2019 Community
Mirfield Half Monty dare to bare for Breast Cancer
10 ladies, known as the Mirfield Half Monty, hosted three very special shows to raise awareness of Breast Cancer back in 2018. After raising a staggering £20,000 in total, the group decided to donate £2,500 to Kirkwood Hospice.
Kirkwood were delighted to be presented with a donation of £2,500 from the Mirfield Half Monty ladies after they performed three very special live shows, which raised an astonishing £20,000 for local Cancer charities.
Inspired by ITV’s celebrity documentary, The Real Full Monty, Debs Holroyd and Tania Asquith decided to empower the Mirfield community and organised their very own ‘Mirfield Half Monty’ to raise much needed awareness and funds for Breast Cancer.
Their first ‘Mirfield Half Monty’ show, which was a ladies only event, took place on Friday 21st September. Due to popular demand, the group put on a second show on Saturday 22nd September for their local community.
The Mirfield Half Monty ladies preparing to go on stage with friends and family along with routine choreographer, Rachel Bowers
On both nights, the group of 10 hosted raffles and silent auctions where visitors could bid on a signed Huddersfield Town Shirt, a Coronation Street tour for four people and much more.
The first two shows proved a huge success, raising £11,000 and leaving the crowds touched by the emotional and moving performances.
The Mirfield ladies added a festive spin to their dance routine and hosted a third show on Friday 21st December, this time inviting both ladies and men. The third show raised £9,000, taking the total to £20,000.
Jayne Pollard and Susan Bartholomew are among the 10 ladies that make up the Mirfield Half Monty and attended a recent cheque presentation at Kirkwood Hospice.
Susan said: “Our show was inspired by the celebrity documentary on ITV. Debbie and Tanya then asked on Facebook if anybody wanted to get involved and of course we all did. Within 10 minutes, they had 10 ladies.
“It was just absolutely brilliant. We all know how cancer affects people, and everybody has been touched by it.”
The Mirfield Half Monty group is made up of Debs Holroyd, Tania Asquith, Jane Hartley, Amanda Jones, Jayne Pollard, Sandra Scanlon, Louise Hardy, Leanne Entwistle-Barstow, Jean Entwistle and Susan Bartholomew.
The ladies produced a calendar in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Charities with the help of photographer, Elspeth Mary Moore, and Jonathan Hirst at ARC Document Solutions
When talking about the group, Susan said: “Louise has had cancer three times. She’s had a mastectomy and unfortunately she can’t have reconstruction. She’s an absolutely inspirational woman and the bravest person on that stage.
“You see people that have a glow about them, and that’s her. She’s the biggest life and soul. She’s so vibrant and bubbly and she fills the room. I’m in awe of her and I wish everybody could be like her.”
The Mirfield Half Monty ladies were mentioned in Parliament after local MP Paula Sherriff attended one of the shows. They have now been invited to perform to female MPs in London.
When discussing the future of the Mirfield Half Monty, Jayne said: “We didn’t know whether this could only go so far, but we’re now asking other communities to promote our cause or even to think about doing it in their area.
“We’ve had great fun doing it, we’ve got a new circle of friends and it’s a fantastic way to raise awareness as well as money.”
So far, the group have secured a sponsorship for the Hexham Hospital Chemotherapy Unit Treatment Bell and paid a visit to the Leeds Paediatric Radiotherapy Centre to present them with a combined donation of £4,000 from the Mirfield Half Monty and the Asda Foundation.
Over the next few weeks, the ladies will be donating the money raised to a variety of charities, including Dewsbury Cavell Unit and Breast Cancer Now.
Kirkwood Chief Executive, Michael Crowther, is incredibly proud and inspired by the group’s recent fundraising.
He said: “This is such a sizable donation and it’s absolutely fantastic what has been achieved. The fact that Kirkwood has been taken into consideration, as well as so many other charities, is an absolute honour.
“The vast majority of people that we support are out in the community, in their own homes and throughout Kirklees rather than in Dalton. It’s well over 100 people that we have supported in Mirfield over the last 12 months.
“It’s incredible how this idea took off and gathered momentum with so many people involved. It just goes to show what can be achieved when someone has an idea. It’s truly inspirational and something to be really proud of.”
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