A woman who lost her partner to cancer has helped a local amateur dramatic group raise thousands of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Pauline Corbyn played retired headteacher Jessie in a special charity performance of Calendar Girls with the Bedford Dramatic Club, which raised over £3,500 for the charity that helps support people with terminal cancer.
Pauline, of Cotman Road, Bedford, lost her partner Peter Corsini to bowel cancer in 2006, and she helped care for him at home in the last six weeks of his illness.
She said: “My nurse Helen Sharp kept me sane. Peter was at St John’s Hospice, but I took him home because that’s where he wanted to be. I promised him that he could die at home and it’s only thanks to the Macmillan nurses that I could keep that promise.
“It was very hard, I owe so much to the Macmillan Nurses, and I was so glad I could be part of something like Calendar Girls to help them. I don’t think there’s enough support out there for the families.
“There’s always more than one person involved in an illness like cancer.”
The show was put on at The Place Theatre in Bedford in a run of shows over a week-and-a-half, in November. And as well as starring in the production, the girls also stripped off in their own charity calendars, which have been selling fast since the show.
Pauline, who works at Newnham Middle School as personal assistant to the headteacher, posed as Miss January in the calendar. The next performance by the BDC is Season’s Greetings from January 15 to 19 at The Place Theatre.