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Model mum aims to help boost charity; MYTON HOSPICE: Beryl has lost six relatives to cancer.

Byline: By Paul Suart

A COVENTRY woman has turned her hand to modelling to raise money for a charity close to her heart.

Beryl Atkins, aged 33, from Coundon, wants to help Myton Hospice raise pounds 1.5million for its centre in Coventry which will offer support for patients with life limiting illnesses and respite for their carers.

The cosmetic consultant manager, married to Carl, aged 35, for 12 years, belongs to a family that has always admired the work of the charity. Beryl's mum lost a battle with cancer nearly four years ago, and she has lost five other family members to cancer.

Beryl, whose son George, aged six, attends Coundon Court School and who is proud of her work, said: "It's something that's close to me. The hospice is somewhere you can go when you need the respite.

"Luckily for my mum she did not have to go there because I had attended to her care but it's nice to know there's help if it's needed."

Beryl, who works for a healthcare company, decided to model for the charity after persistent persuasion from client Cassie Bouyon.

Initially she laughed off the suggestion, but when the idea became an office joke it served only to spur her on.

Beryl contacted Image Red, a photographic agency in Tamworth, to organise a photo shoot. It went well enough to suggest she could sell the images to businesses with the proceeds to go to Myton.

Beryl set a goal of pounds 1,000 and has already raised pounds 400 in donations from work colleagues and sponsorship from Ride, in Holbrooks, the Bull and Butcher, in Corley, and Alan's Hairdressers, in Coundon.

One firm, Direct4Less, has even offered Beryl a Ferrari to add a little glamour to one of her shoots.

As well as selling photos from her gallery she hopes businesses will hire her for corporate and promotional images.

Beryl is also looking to secure modelling deals with various lifestyle publications. If successful, her manager Reg Heath, of Image Red, plans to produce a Christmas business calendar.

While raising money for charity is the most important factor for Beryl, she hopes her thriving career will inspire others in a similar position.

She said: "I want to show working mums that it does not stop you from doing things like this. If I can do it then so can other mums."

To sponsor or hire Beryl for a corporate photo shoot, contact Reg on 0797 4221 651.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 26, 2007
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