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Ten women to stage two 'Full Monty' shows at Sudbury Rugby Club to support breast cancer awareness

Ten women supporting breast cancer awareness are doing their bit for cancer research – by taking their tops off.

The friends from Sudbury and Great Cornard have put together two sell-out shows at the town’s rugby club on November 14 and 15.

They are based on a television show called The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night, about a group of celebrities prepared to strip off in front of a live audience in order to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Women taking part in a show at Sudbury Rugby Club in November to raise money for cancer research. (18852990)
Women taking part in a show at Sudbury Rugby Club in November to raise money for cancer research. (18852990)

The idea for the Sudbury fundraiser was the brainchild of Sally Clark, 55. She said: “Last year, I had my own scare which made me think about doing something for breast cancer. When I watched this year’s ladies’ full monty on television, it made me think that me and my friends could do this.

“One friend initially declined, but then agreed to do it. I spoke to another two at a party who were under the influence of alcohol and they said yes.”

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, while Breast Cancer Awareness Day falls on Friday.

Jenny Davey-Medlycott said the reason she decided to take part was because her two best friends have had mastectomies.

Louise Knights said her breast cancer care team at West Suffolk and Addenbroke’s hospitals were “super”. She said: “After two operations and some radiotherapy, I am fine. It made me value everything around me. What’s the point of being embarrassed? Be proud of who you are.”

Another participant Debbie Knights added: “I got involved because some bonkers blonde (Sally) decided it would be a good idea to get our knockers out to raise some money and awareness. Plus, I’ve just had my fifth all clear.”

Angie Tychowski said: “At first, I had reservations but I know so many ladies that have had, or are going through, breast cancer.”

Elaine Stewart added: “I have known women who have battled through breast cancer and I take my hat off to them for being brave and positive throughout.”

Choreographer Holly Cook, who owns dance business Beau Dance, offered to help with the dance routine, and Sally has been overwhelmed with help from friends, family, clubs and businesses.