Huge interest in Diss historian’s charity calendar earns £1,456 boost for Big C

Dennis Cross presented his charity cheque following his successful calendar sale.''Pictured: Rachel Francis (Corporate and Community Fundraiser at Big C) and Dennis Cross ANL-151118-160603009

Dennis Cross presented his charity cheque following his successful calendar sale.''Pictured: Rachel Francis (Corporate and Community Fundraiser at Big C) and Dennis Cross ANL-151118-160603009

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A well-known Diss historian says he is “very pleased” to see his charity calendar capture the public’s attention, after strong sales brought in £1,456.80 for Norfolk’s Big C.

More than 250 calendars, containing a selection of photographs from the town’s history compiled by Dennis Cross, have been sold, with all proceeds after costs going towards the charity, which supports people in the region affected by cancer.

Mr Cross, who has had several history books published, said the enormous level of interest had far exceeded his expectations, and stated he was happy to support a good cause.

“I would never have believed I would raise that much money,” Mr Cross told the Diss Express.

“I worked in local housing and I found a lot of people were affected by cancer.

“I saw a lot of different things that an ordinary person doesn’t see when I would go into people’s homes. I thought ‘when I retire, I want to do something to help.’

“The hardest part was choosing the photos that had the right impact. I tried to do a little bit of everything in the calendar.”

The cheque was presented on Wednesday at the Mere’s Mouth to Big C Community Fundraiser Rachel Francis.

Mr Cross added he might do a similar calendar in the future, if it had the same impact.