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Carlisle Hair Salon's Calendar Will Boost Mencap Funds

Models with learning difficulties will grace the pages of a Carlisle hair salon’s stylish 2011 calendar to raise money for disabled charity Mencap.
Annie Robinson, 15, of Tarraby, Jamie Cox, 16, of Scotby, Jennifer Fletcher, 30, of Harraby, and Amber Bloxham, 18, of Dalston, were photographed under the bright studio lights this week.
For Lynda, the calendar reflects a personal and professional passion to treat all her clients the same.
Having grown up with an aunt who has Down’s Syndrome, Lynda has always insisted that her salon at Riverside on Warwick Road is open to everyone.
Lynda said: “There is no reason why someone with learning difficulties or any disability for that matter should not be able to choose to look their best.
“Last year I chose Sam McBean, a young Cumbrian woman with autism, to front one of my promotional billboards and the reaction from the public was incredibly positive and supportive.

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“Doing something like the calendar takes away the stigma of being disabled. The idea behind the calendar really is to have fun, raise money and awareness of the Mencap charity,” added Lynda. “The photographer, hairdressers and make up artist all gave up their time free of charge to do this.” Two Mencap support workers, Catherine Steele, 17 and Gillian Scott , 25, were also photographed for the calendar.
Model Jennifer said: “I am excited to take part in the calendar. I hope lots of people buy it.”
Jennifer’s mum, Elise Fletcher, said: “The charity provides a real stress reliever to parents who have disabled children. I hope the calendar raises lots of money.”
Sheila Gregory, director of Mencap, said: “It’s great that Lynda and her staff at Lockstock promote equality in glamour.
“There are so many lovely people that we work with. Disabled people can be pretty like anyone else. “It has given the girls and Jamie confidence. It’s a real boost to their self-esteem.” Jamie’s mum Carol Cox said: “Jamie has never had highlights before and he loves his new look. It’s nice for him to be part of it.
The calendar will be on sale in city shops later this year.
Make-up for the calendar was applied by Sarah Becker, of Stanwix, Carlisle.
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