Fundraisers in Aylsham have swapped business suits for birthday suits to appear in a naked calendar for Breast Cancer Care and Diabetes UK.
Business women in Aylsham bare all for a charity calendar
The project is the brainchild of Sara Westwood, Sara’s sister Trudie Bradley, Helen Colebrooke and Sue Cubitt, who were inspired by the story of the Calendar Girls – the members of a Yorkshire Women’s Institute who famously stripped off in a calendar for charity.
The friends were further spurred on by Helen’s daughter Leah, 12, who suffers from type 1 diabetes and Trudie, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in August.
Sara said: “It is an idea I have had for a while but it never really got off the ground. We went to see the Calendar Girls at the Theatre Royal in Norwich and talked about it afterwards and said right lets do it. It made a big difference this time because of Trudie’s diagnosis and wanting to give something back. Breast Cancer Care is a charity that she made really good use of and was a really good support to her. Especially the forums on their website where she was able to women who were going through exactly the same thing at the same time.”
Trudie, 41, who works at Heatcraft in Aylsham, underwent a mastectomy in September and has recently finished chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It is the second time she has had cancer after being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma at 17.
The calendar features prominent Aylsham businesswoman and female residents going about their daily work in the nude. Images include a hairdresser and a beautician doing the nails and hair of naked clients, the landlady of The Unicorn pub and the owner of a fabric shop posing discretely behind some of her products as well as images of Sara, Trudie, Helen and Sue.
Sara added: “We started off with a few nerves and had to have a few glasses of wine but in the end we had enormous fun doing it. “It is the first time we have done anything like this. We hope it will generate a lot of interest to raise a lot of money for charity.”
The calendar, which is provisionally priced at £5, will be launched at Aylsham Show on August 27. After the launch, it will be available to order online at justnakedaylsham.co.uk and at selected shops in Aylsham.