Jimmy’s Bluebelles reveal all

Shamander Saleem, Helen McGiveron, Cath Salt, Kate Wilkinson with son Jimmy, Clara Stanley and photographer Chelsea Shoesmith

Kate with son Jimmy

First published in News Knutsford Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainment Reporter

A MUM and her fearless friends are revealing all for their own version of a Calendar Girls production.

Kate Wilkinson will be launching the Jimmy’s Bluebelles calendar at the Canvas Lounge on Friday after being inspired by her son Jimmy.

The two-year-old suffers from a rare genetic disorder called prader willi syndrome.

Kate’s family and friends have already raised almost £10,000 for the Prader Willi Syndrome Association (PWSA UK).

But Kate decided that the best way to get attention – and cash – for the charity would be by stripping.

The risqué calendar includes 12 girls, who grew up in Knutsford, posing with little more than a smile.

Kate, 25, who posed for June, said: “After a bottle of wine or three, one of the girls suggested we got our kits off.

“Two or three of the girls we had to persuade but everyone was really brave.”

The calendar was shot over five days at Kate’s grandparents Lyn and James Rankin’s farmhouse in Plumley.

Kate, who attended Knutsford High School, added: “It was hilarious, we just had fun with it. It was like a girly get together.”

Kate’s sister Libby Edwards, sister-in-laws Cath Salt and Liz McGrath and her brother’s girlfriend Natalie Boyle all agreed to show more than a brave face for Jimmy’s cause.

The girls were even given a message of support from comedian Jo Brand, a patron of PWSA UK.

Kate said: “It’s a really big boost to have her on board. She’s been really supportive and brilliant.”

Symptoms for prader willi syndrome can include a constant desire to eat, restricted growth, learning difficulties and behavioural problems.

Mum-of-two Kate added: “It has taken a long time for our family and friends to understand this rare syndrome and how it will effect Jimmy’s development.

“The majority of this understanding is down to PWSA UK and for that I can’t thank them enough.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of friends, family and the businesses who have helped us pull the calendar together, and can’t wait to see the results.”

The calendar has been funded by Car Loan 4U Limited where Kate’s husband James works and photography and design was provided free by Chelsea Shoesmith.

The launch event for Jimmy’s Bluebelles is being held on Friday at the Canvas Lounge in King Street with a performance by Ice Glitz Productions and a concert with the band SUPERfreak.

All funds from the calendar will go to PWSA UK.

Visit jimmysbluebelles.co.uk

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