Brave ladies of WI bare all for charity calendar shoot

The ladies of Morley's WI.
The ladies of Morley's WI.
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THEY are the fearless ladies from Leeds who have most definitely got nudes for you.

More than 30 members of the Rhubarb & Custard Morley Women’s Institute have stripped off for a fundraising calendar.

They came up with the idea after a visit last year to Leeds Grand Theatre to see The Girls, the Gary Barlow-penned musical about the famous WI members from North Yorkshire who kickstarted the craze for the public appearing in saucy calendars.

The Leeds women, who range in age from mid-20s to mid-50s, unveiled their contribution to the genre at Morley Town Hall last week.

Morley WI president Rachael Kennedy, who is one of the stars of April’s page in the calendar, said: “I am so proud of everybody who took part. It has been a fantastic experience. They all had their own special reasons for getting involved, whether that was knowing someone who has had cancer or, in some cases, wanting to give their self-confidence a bit of a boost.

The pictures were taken by WI member Kate Campbell, from Morley-based Campbell’s Photography.

She said: “It was a real privilege to photograph these brave ladies who all had their own reasons for taking part.

“They made it very easy for me as a photographer, we laughed together and sometimes cried. This truly inspiring experience will stay with me forever.”

It is hoped the venture will raise £10,000 for the Brain Tumour Research & Support charity, formerly known as Andrea’s Gift.

Charity manager Rachel Finlay said: “We are so impressed with the bravery of the WI ladies in Morley. We hope the calendar raises lots of much-needed funds to support our valuable work.”

Calendars cost £10 each and can be ordered by e-mailing morleywicalendarsales@hotmail.com