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Special Award 2003

Mike Tomlinson & Rylstone WI

Jane Tomlinson’s battle against cancer has touched the heart of the nation winning her many well-deserved awards and the MBE in the past year alone.

She’s raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity through gruelling bike rides and marathons. Last year the Yorkshire Awards recognised Jane with a special award for her tremendous courage and determination. But Jane would no doubt be the first person to say that without the support of her family and in particular her husband Mike, it would all have been impossible.

When the husband of one of the members of the Rylstone Women’s Institute contracted leukaemia, the women decided to raise money for leukaemia research with a rather revealing calendar! Now, they could never have imagined the worldwide impact it would have, culminating, of course, in this year’s smash Hollywood blockbuster film “Calendar Girls”. Rylstone in North Yorkshire is now firmly on the global map and Lynda Logan, the original Miss July and Christine Clancy, the original Miss September will pick up the award on behalf of the girls.

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