Charity calendar printed to help raise money for local girl

February 17, 2012 by  

A charity calendar has been printed in the Preston region and will be sold to help raise money for a local girl who suffers from quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

The calendar is the brainchild of Lisa Thorne, who is the aunty of Iona-May Thorne, the East Preston girl suffering from this severe form of cerebral palsy. Lisa and her friends got together to plan another fund-raising initiative to support other events that have happened over the years. They came up with the idea to create a 1950s-themed calendar that would be modelled, shot and printed locally, using the services of local photographers and printing companies in and around Preston.

Lisa Thorne recently spoke about the calendar to the Littlehampton Gazette, saying:

“It’s been brilliant. A lot of people seem more willing to help smaller charities than the larger ones because it hits home more. Because it’s local, I think people build an emotional attachment with Iona-May, because they see what a difficult start in life she’s had.”

Iona-May’s family are attempting to raise £30,000 to buy equipment that will greatly improve her life. They have so far raised £16,000 of this through local fund-raising initiatives like the production of the calendar. Local businesses in Preston, such as photography studios and print shops, have been happy to offer services tailored to suit the budgets set by the Thornes, helping them to reach the maximum number of people at the most cost-effective rate.