Calendar girls and boys in Mablethorpe are top of the poppies

Residents in Mablethorpe have gathered together to produce a charity calendar, taking a leaf out of the Calendar Girls book to raise vital funds for the Mablethorpe British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Residents in Mablethorpe have gathered together to produce a charity calendar, taking a leaf out of the Calendar Girls book to raise vital funds for the Mablethorpe British Legion Poppy Appeal.
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A charity calendar which has taken a leaf out of the Calendar Girls book is taking a light-hearted look at Mablethorpe by the people who live there.

This charity calendar has been made to raise vital funds for the Mablethorpe Poppy Appeal, but not only that, it has cemented the term ‘community’ as everyone included in the calendar are local residents.

The idea of the calendar, which is now available for purchase, was devised by Mablethorpe resident Maureen Bishop who went into partnership on the project with Sam Ramsden.

Together the charity fundraising duo has spent countless hours making the large poppies included in the calendar and spent many early mornings setting up car boot sales to raise the essential funds that were needed to be able to make the project possible.

Alongside a substantial amount of local businesses pledging their donations, the £3,000 needed to cover the printing costs was soon raised.

Maureen said that it was one of the hardest things she has done to date, but the end product made it all worth while.

“I did feel inspired by the Calendar Girls, but instead of sunflowers, we of course used poppies,” Maureen said.

“The calendar took us a year to make, but it was lots of fun to do and the whole community really pulled out all of the stops to come together on this project.

“Even though it was very hard work, seeing the end product made it all worth while.

“Now with Christmas quickly approaching, we are hoping to sell as many of the calendars as possible to support this vital cause.

“I like to support the Poppy Appeal as much as I can because of my husband Jamie who is a member of the British Legion.”