Mollie White, 64 years old, is a chartered accountant who has worked for the last 42 years for a large farming concern on the Warwickshire/Leicestershire border. In March 2014, Mollie was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, it was a small tumour that was easily removed by a lumpectomy and after a session of radiotherapy, Mollie was fit and well again.
As a result of receiving treatment, Mollie ended up with a lot of time on her hands and wanted to occupy her time with something worthwhile. At the same time, two of the young men working on the same farm had been taking wildlife photographs, mainly of the birdlife, as a hobby. Mollie was astounded at the quality of the photographs and asked if they minded if she used some of them to make a calendar.
Mollie wrote to suppliers and professional people that the farm uses to see if they would sponsor a page of each calendar, stating all the proceeds would go to charity. Money began to roll in and before long, Mollie had enough to print 600 calendars!
Mollie said: “I wanted most of the money to go to cancer related charities. My husband Paul, who is an alumni of the University, had previously donated to cancer research there, and we felt that by giving to research at the source we were sure of our money going directly to the area we wanted. We decided to give 25% of the money raised to Professor Ben Wilcox’s immunotherapy research. We felt that this area of research is on the cusp of something really big and we would like to help it along.”
In the end, Mollie managed to sell 530 calendars and raised an astonishing grand total of £5300 for charity.