Group of 23 Scarborough ladies prepare to bare all for charity
A group of 23 women will be baring all in a bid to raise money for charity.
Following the success of last year's event, Lisa Smith has organised a night full of entertainment at Cayton Bay Holiday Park on Saturday November 23 in aid of three charities Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care and Saint Catherine's Hospice.
The breast cancer survivor was inspired by the Real Full Monty with Coleen Nolan, where eight female celebrities bared all in ITV’s The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night.
“After watching the show and having breast cancer myself it really got to me as I’ve buried a lot of my emotions from it,” she said.
“The idea started last year after I posted on Facebook saying what a fabulous programme to get breast cancer awareness out there and my friend said ‘why don’t you do one in Scarborough?’. So it went from there. I posted asking if anyone would be interested and the response was outstanding.”
The Dance by Design owner donated £8,000 to four charities, Macmillan Nurses, Breast Cancer Care, Cancer Research UK and Willows Lull Children’s Charity, which was raised from the event at Cayton Bay last year.
The 52-year-old is choreographing the show, which will include entry song to Ricky Martin's 'Livin' La Vida Loca' and performance of the ‘Half Monty’ to 'This is Me' from The Greatest Showman.
The mum-of-four added: “We will be getting our boobs out for charity with a Half Monty at the end of the night.
“I’m choreographing the show myself as I’ve worked with shows since I was 10. I started at the YMCA and worked my way up.
“I’ll even be performing with girls on stage that I performed with years ago.”
The 'Half Monty' will be performed by a mixture of ladies who performed last year and new ladies who have also been affected by cancer in some way.
Lisa’s passion for the event has been inspired by her personal story with breast cancer. She received radiotherapy treatment and a lumpectomy aged 28. Then 20 years later, she had a double mastectomy and a reconstruction that failed.
“If we can get one person to check their boobs it’s worth doing,” Lisa said. “I’m fine now but I’ve been through the wars".
The variety show will feature 13 acts including a host of local talents, professional acts and host Pete Gibson.
Acts that are performing include Annie and King, Fancesca Santamaria, Rebecca Kelly, Sammi Lee, Pete Gibson, Jess Nalton, Beth Gallier, Anne Taylors Academy of Dance, The Regal Ladies, Bradley Royce, Dominique Kwiatkowski, Coastel Voices and Mark Ginge Bennett.
After the sell-out show last year, 450 tickets have been sold for the event next Saturday. Tickets are still available, priced at £10, by contacting Dance by Design on Facebook or calling (01723) 373735.
Lisa also has a song 'Fighter' on iTunes and Amazon which all profits will be donated to Cancer Research UK.
The song, written by local musician Steve Gerrard, will be aired on Scarborough Radio this evening at around 6.05pm. It is available on music.apple.com/gb/album/fighter-single/1486173419 and www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07ZZJRYL3/ref=sr_1_1