Our calendar girls raise over £10k

WORTHWHILE: The daring women of Morley's WI.
WORTHWHILE: The daring women of Morley's WI.

Women who dared to bare all by posing nude for a charity calendar have raised more than £10,000.

Thirty-four members of the Rhubarb and Custard Morley Women’s Institute (WI) stripped off to be photographed for the 2017 calendar last year.

Armed with props including flags, umbrellas, flowers and fruit, the ladies were all-smiles as they posed for photographer and fellow WI member Kate Campbell, from Morley-based Campbell’s Photography.

And the brave efforts of the women, who range in age from mid-20s to mid-50s, were certainly rewarded, as calendar sales fetched £10,337 for the Brain Tumour Research and Support charity (BTRS).

Sorrell Coulson, events and fundraising manager at the Leeds-based charity said: “We are so very grateful to the Morley WI ladies for their very daring and adventurous fundraising efforts on behalf of BTRS.

“The 2017 Calendar was a display feature in the new BTRS Charity Shop – No 31, in Headingley, and it proved very popular with our customers.

“The money raised through the sale of the Morley WI Calendar helps those fighting a brain tumour diagnosis in Yorkshire right now.

“The support of Morley WI and their commitment to helping others is an inspiration to us all.”

The women came up with the idea after a visit to Leeds Grand Theatre to see The Girls. The Gary Barlow-penned musical is based on the story of the Calendar Girls, who kickstarted a trend of posing nude to raise money for good causes.

Rachael Kennedy, president of Morley WI said: “When we set out to create this calendar we had no idea of the unexpected outcomes of this wonderful project.

“In our pursuit to sell the calendars we have met some incredible people who have been affected by brain tumours in one way or another.

“It has been an incredibly humbling experience.

“We are equally humbled to know that our calendars are now on display for the whole year in houses across the globe, with support coming in from friends and families, not only in the UK but also in USA, Australia, Europe.

“The ladies of the Morley WI braved all and have thoroughly enjoyed the journey from the photoshoot to the final calendar sales.”