Barrow man’s calendar will boost crucial research into tumours
Last updated at 16:33, Wednesday, 28 August 2013
A BARROW fundraiser has picked up his camera for his latest attempt to raise money in memory of his stepson.
Andy Clarke, 31, passed away last year after a seven-month battle with a brain tumour.
Now stepdad Graham Kidd, who did a sponsored skydive in July, has created a charity calendar to raise money for the charity, Brain Tumour Research.
Mr Kidd, 49, of Central Drive, Walney, has compiled a large collection of scenic photographs of Barrow and the South Lakes over the years.
It was not until Mr Kidd started posting them on Facebook that the idea came to him. He said: “A few people said: ‘Why don’t you do a calendar? I’d happily buy one.’”
Proceeds will go towards helping doctors better understand an illness which Mr Kidd feels is overlooked. He said: “Of all the money that goes to Cancer Research, only 0.7 per cent goes to fund research into brain tumours. This way, we can give money directly.”
Mr Kidd had to select his 12 favourite shots for the calendar from an extensive back catalogue and enlist the help of a local printer.
He said: “I had thousands on my computer so it was hard work picking which ones to choose.
“I didn’t know where to go to get it printed. Paul Ackred and the team at Finger Prints have been very helpful.”
The calendar, which features atmospheric shots of Furness Abbey, Yew Tree Tarn and a Walney sunset, will be sold for £10.
It will be available from Heath’s Booksellers in Dalton Road, Abbey Mill Cafe and Bowness Road Store from late September and Mr Kidd is looking for more local retailers interested in stocking it.
More than 250 copies have been sold in advance, including orders from Australia and Canada.
Mr Kidd, who works for BAE Systems, is already hard at work thinking of his next fundraising idea: “Someone mentioned doing another calendar with all the welders at the shipyard, sort of a boys calendar. I think more people would want to buy that for some strange reason.”
First published at 16:17, Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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credit to mr kidd what a good idea hope it goes on to sell 1000s is the north west e mail sell it in there office.