Charity Calendar Celebrates Key Shropshire Figures
11 Nov 2021

A new charity calendar created by a local comic book artist celebrates key figures in Shropshire’s history.

Charlie Adlard, a Shrewsbury-based world-famous comic book artist, has created a series of special drawings for the Alzheimer’s Research Shropshire fundraising group’s 2022 calendar. 

Charlie explains: “My own dad is living with Alzheimer’s and I am really pleased to help the charity raise vital funds to end the sadness of this awful disease. I’m very happy to sign the prints and the calendars too & hope for great support from Shropshire people”. 

The images include: Young Charles Darwin, The Iron Bridge and ‘Iron Mad Wilkinson’, Eglantyne Jebb from Ellesmere, who was the inspiration for Save the Children Fund, and AE Housman who wrote A Shropshire Lad and is buried in Ludlow. Plus, there’s an evocative image of “Scrooge” inspired by the filming of A Christmas Carol in Shrewsbury with George C Scott.

Charlie’s drawings are available as calendars, Christmas cards and A4 prints. They make for wonderful Christmas gifts, as well as funding vital research to find treatments and ultimately a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.  

Julie Lewis, a member of the Shropshire Fundraising Group and sister of the entertainer Paul Rushworth (stage name Paul Ray), asked Charlie if he would help as her late mum Molly and his dad were in the same care home in Shrewsbury.  

Her brother Paul has also produced a fundraising DVD and is helping to sell copies of his famous dad’s book From Shrewsbury to Hollywood, along with the calendars and cards, all in aid of Alzheimer’s Research. His dad, Geoff Rushworth, toured the world on cruise ships performing magic and worked with some very big stars – his book tells it all! 

Paul commented: “It’s a wonderful charity to support. Nearly a million people in this country have dementia. Once you’ve been close to someone who has had it, you see it’s an awful, awful disease. My mum passed away a year ago tomorrow. Over the last 12 months, she didn’t know us. She used to go all over the world with my dad doing magic. She was a beautiful lady and Alzheimer’s took it all away.” 

Calendars are £5.99 or two for £10, with each month sponsored by a local business. The cards are £3.99 a pack and sponsored by Aaron & Partners Solicitors. From Shrewsbury to Hollywood is £15 and the DVD is £5. To purchase, contact Paul Rushworth on 07761 542401.