Women of Scotland Lunch 2018

The Women of Scotland Lunch 2018 will be held on 27 April at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow. Our chosen charity for 2018 is Bloodwise.

Our speakers are Jackie Kay, Scotland’s Makar, Laura Boyd, STV Presenter and the real Calendar Girls whose story inspired the highly successful film and stage production.

Jackie Kay, MBE FRSE, is a well-known Scottish poet and novelist and is the third modern Makar, the Scottish poet laureate. Jackie was born and brought up in Scotland. The Adoption Papers won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize, and a Scottish Arts Council Prize. Her collection of poems, Fiere, was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award. Her novel Trumpet won the Guardian Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the IMPAC award. Red Dust Road won the Scottish Book of the Year Award. She was awarded an MBE in 2006, and made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. She is Chancellor of the University of Salford and Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University. Jackie Kay was named Scots Makar—the National Poet for Scotland—in March 2016.

Laura Boyd is a well-known presenter with STV and entertainer and was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia in 2009 so is a huge supporter of Bloodwise.

The real Calendar Girls – Angela Knowles, Tricia Stewart and Christine Clancy – became famous many years ago when they rocketed to international fame with their fundraising from producing a nude calendar in aid of Leukaemia Research in memory of Angela’s husband.

Their story began in 1998 when John Baker, husband of Angela Baker, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. John sadly passed away after just a few months of treatment, but in the months following their loss, Angela and her friends set about creating the now infamous calendar as something for Angela to focus on during this difficult time.

The group aimed to raise enough for a new sofa for the hospital where John was treated and were amazed when the calendar attracted national and international press attention. So far, they’ve raised nearly £5million and a huge amount of awareness for Bloodwise, creating calendars, establishing their own merchandise line, and giving numerous talks about their experiences. Their inspirational story has been transformed for both stage and screen – and has now been made into a musical! After a successful West End run in 2017, the musical – now called Calendar Girls the musical – is heading on a regional tour, starting in August 2018 at the Leeds Grand Theatre.

The Calendar Girls are big supporters and still raise many funds for Bloodwise.

Bloodwise is a blood cancer charity dedicated to funding research into all blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, as well as offering information and support for blood cancer patients. The proceeds of the lunch will be used to fund a research project in Scotland.

The Bloodwise vision is simple: they’re here to beat blood cancer.

Their mission: We stop people dying from blood cancer, we make patients’ lives better, and we look for ways to stop blood cancer happening in the first place. We won’t stop until every single person with blood cancer survives and no one dies from blood cancer again. 100% survival, nothing less. We make people’s lives better People with blood cancer should be able to live their lives to the full: free from the fear of relapse; free from side effects and free to do the things they love. We’ll work to improve quality of life until blood cancer no longer has an impact. We look for ways to stop people getting blood cancer in the first place If there are ways to prevent blood cancer, we’ll find them. We’ll uncover how blood cancer works, so we can stop it happening.


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