Leeds and West Yorkshire ladies bare all for cancer charity

Suzette Muentz. PIC: Amanda Crowther
Suzette Muentz. PIC: Amanda Crowther
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A dozen ladies have dared to bare all for charity – but they aren’t your average calendar girls.

They are single women, mothers, wives and girlfriends from Leeds and Yorkshire who have battled or are still battling breast cancer.

Women aged from 30 to 63-years-old struck a pose for the On the Bright Side 2012 calendar to raise money for national charity The Haven, which runs support centres for breast cancer patients in Leeds, London and Hereford.

Suzette Muentz, 44, of Alwoodley, was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago and has since had a mastectomy, chemotherapy and double reconstruction.

She said: “We are all trying to show and inspire other women who have breast cancer that they can still look and feel good.

“It was great to be able to do it and it really means a lot to all of us.”

Photographer Amanda Crowther from Holmfirth came up with the fundraising idea after seeing two friends fight the disease.

Amanda, 48, said: “The aim of the project is to challenge common misconceptions about a woman’s body and confidence following breast cancer, to show bodies that aren’t ugly, damaged and diseased and women who aren’t victims.

“All of our models are inspirational and took this opportunity because they want to help others, to be part of something positive that has come from something frightening.

“They all have an inspirational attitude – they agreed to pose semi-naked, get out of their comfort zones and reveal their scars, both physical and emotional.

“On the Bright Side is about grabbing life and enjoying it, whether you’ve got five minutes or fifty years.”

The calendar takes its name from the song, which was played at her friend Alison Wood’s funeral, who died from breast cancer at the age of just 29.

Hollyoaks star Paul Opacic attended the calendar’s launch event with the models at the Cedar Court Hotel in Huddersfield on October 21.

The calendar took two years to complete and was shot at 12 venues with eight make-up artists and £8 from each calendar sold will go to The Haven.

To learn more or to buy a calendar, visit: www.onthebrightside.org.uk

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