Members of Maghull’s award-winning Musical Theatre Company (MMTC) will go head to head in an all-out calendar sales war to see who can raise the most money for local charities.

In a challenge reminiscent of one of Alan Sugar’s Apprentice tasks, the male and female members of the musical theatre group will compete against each other, to design, make and sell as many 2016 calendars as possible.

The rules of the challenge state that the calendars must have a musical theme, with a different picture each month and must feature members of the MMTC.

Headed up by project manager, Claire Casson the girl’s team have opted for a tasteful vintage pin-up theme for their calendar, called MMTC Girls. Meanwhile the boys under the leadership of Gavin Hodson have chosen a series of location shots for their calendar called MMTC Boys.

Each team will raise money for MMTC, as well as an additional charity of their choice. The girls have selected North West Cancer Research, and the boys have opted for Prostate Cancer UK. All proceeds from sales will be split between the three charities.

Calendars will cost £10 including P&P and the teams will have from October 1st until the end of January 2016 to make their sales. The winners will be announced by Lady Sugar aka Betty Hall, Chairman of MMTC at a special boardroom style evening in February next year.

Volunteers have been helping the teams to make it happen, including Becky Clarke of Acceber Pictures and independent student photographer Shaun Bryan, who both provided photography, with final artwork produced by members of MMTC, Jess De Silva and Dan McWaters. Several local companies have also sponsored the calendars to help towards the production costs, while Skelmersdale-based printing company Envision Media has agreed to produce them at a reduced cost to ensure as much money as possible is given to the charities.

Others also donated their services or money to make costumes and help with hair and makeup.

Claire Casson, project manager of the girl’s team, said: “As a not-for-profit organisation ourselves, Maghull Musical Theatre Company regularly holds fundraising events throughout the year as a way to cover the costs of our shows and help local charities that are close to our hearts.

“The idea for the calendar challenge came about during a brainstorm meeting back in June when we decided to create and star in our own charity calendars. We’re a competitive group and have introduced the Apprentice-style boys vs girls, to create some friendly competition and raise as much as possible.

“We voted on the charities and chose North West Cancer Research and Prostate Cancer UK as many of our members have either lost loved ones to cancer or know people whose lives have been affected by it. We wanted to support charities that are helping those who have been affected by cancer whether that’s through research, awareness or care and support.

“It is a great opportunity for everyone involved to do something they’ve never done before and is such a fun way to raise money for three worthy causes.”

Anne Jackson, CEO of North West Cancer Research, which funds cancer research projects across the North West and North Wales, said: “It’s a fantastic idea and is a great way for the community to get involved and support local charities such as NWCR. 

“North West Cancer Research facilitates local research projects at the University of Liverpool, Bangor University and Lancaster University which help improve our understanding of cancer and how to better detect, treat and prevent it.”

Both calendars should be available from 6 October for minimum donation of £8 or £10 including postage and packaging. Orders can be made by contacting either or or calling 07769 232 227 to order your calendar.


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