Cafe staff bare all for Kay

COVER GIRLS: From left Jasmine Sharp, Tracey Cafferkey, Kelly Wilson, and Leaza Cafferkey as they appear on the calendar front cover
COVER GIRLS: From left Jasmine Sharp, Tracey Cafferkey, Kelly Wilson, and Leaza Cafferkey as they appear on the calendar front cover

CAFE staff have stripped off to raise cash for a charity set up in memory of a much-loved woman who died of breast cancer aged just 37.

Staff at Pappa Caff’s Cafe, in Tower Street, Hartlepool, have dressed down to create a tasteful ‘Calendar Girls-style’ calendar to raise cash for the Kay Smith Fund.

The fund was created in memory of Kay Smith, (inset), who died in January 2006 after a year-long battle against breast cancer and has raised around £150,000 in the seven years since.

Kay, formerly an administrator for Travis Perkins builders’ merchant, made it her dying wish to raise cash for those women and their families who find themselves in the same situation she did.

Before her death, Kay, who lived in the Dyke House area of Hartlepool with her husband Graham, set up the Kay Smith Fund.

Led by Kay’s sister Tracey Cafferkey, staff taking part include Tracey’s daughters Leaza Cafferkey and Deanne Cafferkey, and fellow workers and friends Kelly Wilson, Jasmine Sharp, Lauren Wallace, Gemma Kingston, Daryl Elliott and Jonathon Sherry.

All proceeds from the sale of the calendars will directly benefit The Children’s Bereavement Service based at Hartlepool & District Hospice.

The service offers bereavement and counselling to support children, young people and their families within the communities of Hartlepool and East Durham.

The fund has already donated enough to employ a counsellor for the service, but needs to keep the cash rolling in to pay for resources and other necessities for the service.

Tracey, who runs the cafe with business partner Leaza, said: “It is vital that funding is ongoing to be able to to support the bereavement service.

“It is the only one in the area for people from Hartlepool and East Durham and it is vital that we are able to help the families that have been in our position.”

Pappa Caff’s is hosting a preview tomorrow between 5pm and 6pm where mulled wine and snacks will be provided to those buy a calendar.

People can still buy the calendars from Saturday at Pappa Caff’s and Travis Perkins builder’s merchant, in Belle Vue Way, Hartlepool, at a cost of £8.

The photographs were taken by Tim Adams, Paul Sudlow, and Antony Chambers in the Photography Department at Cleveland College of Art and Design.

As well as the child bereavement service, the fund also raises cash for a research team at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton that is looking at the early detection of breast cancer.