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Blood Brothers beauties bare all for Alzheimer’s Society

Published 4 November 2011

Stars of hit West End musical Blood Brothers have taken on their most challenging roles yet – posing for a daring calendar to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society.

The cheeky project was organised by music legend Lyn Paul, who 'taught the world to sing' in the 1970s with her band the New Seekers and then went on to star in a huge range of West End shows, including Blood Brothers.

Lyn has spent months persuading past and present female stars of the show, including Joanne Zorian, who has been in the show for more than 20 years, and X Factor star Niki Evans, to pose nude for a cause close to her heart. Last year, Lyn's beloved mother passed away with Alzheimer's disease.

Lyn said:

'Thanks so much to the beautiful girls who agreed to have their photos taken in this calendar. It took some nerve, and a lot of wine, but it was worth it!

'I lost my lovely Mum to Alzheimer's and I can't explain the heartbreak the disease causes, not only for the person diagnosed but also for the families. Watching this disease slowly take hold was the most devastating and cruellest thing to watch and experience, especially for my Dad who was her carer and our rock.

'All the money raised from sales of this calendar will go to Alzheimer's Society, who provide support and advice for people with the condition, and fund research which could one day cure this terrible disease.'

Liz Showell, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Alzheimer's Society, said:

'On behalf of Alzheimer's Society I would like to thank these very brave women for their daring stunt! Not everyone would have the confidence to take part in a project like this, and we are all very grateful to them. We hope this calendar will bring a smile to the faces of many Blood Brothers fans, and we are delighted that the money raised by sales will help people with dementia and their carers.'

The 2012 calendars will be on sale in theatres hosting the Blood Brothers production on tour from today (Friday 4 November), and in the West End from Monday, 7 November. Copies are also on sale at the Alzheimer's Society online shop: Alzheimers.org.uk/onlineshop

For photos of Lyn Paul, and interview requests, please contact the Press Office on 0207 423 3595.

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Notes to editors:The calendars cost £9.99 excluding postage and packaging. To take a sneak preview of the cheeky shots, or to buy a copy, visit the Alzheimer's Society online shop at Alzheimers.org.uk/onlineshop

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