A saucy seaside calendar launched by a prostate cancer survivor to raise awareness of the disease has proved to be a huge success.
The 2015 calendar Just One Look’ was a three year labour of love for Bexhill man Mark Meakings and has raised the fantastic total of £4,815.51 for Prostate Cancer UK.
Each month of the calendar featured a shot of near disasters caused by men sneaking a quick look at a passing beauty.
Mark, 64, of Sandhurst Lane, Whydown, was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2009.
His charity work, supported by wife Christine, is driven by his own experience of a late diagnosis. His treatment worked, but an earlier check-up would have greatly improved his prognosis.
“After the operation I was lucky to survive,” he said. “I’ve lost a friend to Prostate Cancer, mainly through ignorance. Guys are reluctant to go to a doctor with their symptoms - we need to be far more aware of this.”
Commenting on the success of the calendar, he said: “We want to say a great big thank you to everyone who helped and supported us.
“We certainly couldn’t have done this without everyone’s encouragement and their generosity in giving so much of their time, effort and backing.
“A special thanks to Tim Dale our fantastic volunteer photographer and all the brave volunteer models who cheerfully made the photos so great.
“Steve Nock of SCS Marketing, in Eastbourne, gave amazing support in designing the layout and artwork of the calendar.
“Our thanks also goes to Stewart Drew at the De La Warr Pavilion for believing in the Calendar project and lending great support with photo shoots. Thanks also to the amazing volunteers from the Rotary Club of Bexhill and to Steve and Elise Tytherleigh and Buster for modelling and then selling the calendars. Maggie and Bob Wicks helped at the Launch Day party and provided Free Hugs on the seafront
“Thanks so much to all the shops, pubs and cafes who helped sell the calendars and all the people who bought them.”
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