Louth landscape on show in fundraising vintage calendar

Karen Kingswood takes her turn to pose for the charity calendar. Photo: Zoe Clark.

Karen Kingswood takes her turn to pose for the charity calendar. Photo: Zoe Clark.

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A breast cancer survivor is hoping to raise thousands of pounds after creating a vintage calendar featuring prominent Louth landmarks.

Karen Kingswood, a 51-year-old mother of two, underwent a mastectomy shortly after being diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago.

Along with her friends and family, Karen teamed up with local photographer Zoe Clark (Duo Event Photography) to create the ‘Louth Vintage Belles’ calendar over the summer.

Karen is hoping to raise around £5,000 for the Pink Rose Suite breast care unit at Grimsby Hospital, where she received expert care as she battled her illness.

The calendar makes good use of the beautiful local landscape including St James’ Church, Hubbard’s Hills, and Wickenby Airfield.

Karen said: “I lost my mum to breast cancer 18 years ago, but I was too young to have a mammogram at the time.

“I have two young daughters and I don’t want them to suffer too.

“Nowadays women can have mammograms a bit younger than they used to, and I’m trying to raise money so that more people can be checked.

“We decided to give our calendar a vintage theme, as that’s the ‘in thing’ at the moment. We thought of the idea in the summer and created it all within just five weeks.

“The calendar gave me a real focus after a tough couple of years. I’ve got my mojo back.”

The calendars cost £5 each and are now on sale at various locations around the town including Eve and Ranshaw’s, Wrights Newsagents, Trotters Traders, Waggon and Horses and Louth Tennis Club.