Last week I was lucky enough to attend the dress rehearsal of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's new musical 'The Girls' in my role as a Bloodwise Ambassador. With blood cancer claiming more lives each year than breast or prostate cancer, this uplifting musical is exceptionally important in raising awareness as well as supporting Bloodwise.
Now let's get straight to the point; it was stunning. A five star success, which was met by a complete standing ovation! The acting was sublime with the entire cast playing to each-others strengths perfectly resulting in a flawless piece of pure theatrical delight, which had you laughing, crying and cheering and even cheering as you cry with laughter!
The play follows the true story of the Yorkshire 'Calendar Girls' who did something extraordinary when John Baker, husband of one of the original ladies, Angela, died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The girls band together to try and raise money for a new sofa at the hospital where John had been receiving Chemotherapy, the story that follows takes you on a journey of strained relations, family troubles, personal triumphs and the power of sheer, naked (literally), friendship.
Bloodwise has been 'beating blood cancer since 1960' with £500 million invested in vital research since it's formation. With £90 million invested in groundbreaking research at any one time, Bloodwise are leading the way in funding that spark which could turn into the flame that extinguishes blood cancer for good. Bloodwise are there for everyone affected by blood cancer, either directly or indirectly and provide everything from support and information to simply having someone to talk to about what's happening.
The Girls astounding true story proves that we all are capable of the extraordinary, whether it's raising money or taking practical hands on action for a cause. There are a whole host of volunteering opportunities to take part in with Bloodwise, from marathons, to cycling, to running a bake sale the possibilities are endless, so why not get out there and do something extraordinary today? Something that could provide support to those with blood cancer, something that could help to save lives, something that will make a very real difference.
Together, we will beat Blood Cancer.
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You can book tickets to see 'The Girls' by clicking here.