A PUB landlady and a band of plucky locals have bared their bums for a charity calendar that has already raised over £1,000.
Sandy Harris, landlady of the Carpenters Arms in Market Weighton, hit upon the idea to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and rounded up a team of female ‘calendar girls’ willing to tastefully bare their backsides for the cause.
The ladies, whose ages range from 26 to 56, kicked off their fund-raising by walking through Market Weighton in their cheeky ‘December’ outfits and Sandy said the response from the public was ‘fantastic’.
“It was all in good spirits,” she said.
“We had builders chucking money from scaffolding and people smiling and cheering us on, it was fantastic!
“The calendar isn’t even out yet but already we’ve raised £1,295, which is a great response.”
Sandy and her pals have been well supported by the local business community, not least Pete Guttridge of the Imagen photography studio on Becklands Park who provided use of his studio and took the calendar photographs for free.
He said: “I already knew one of the girls involved through work, so I was approached that way and I thought it was a good cause and we are happy to support it.
“The shoot went very smoothly, there were obviously some nerves but it all went really well.”
Sandy hopes that the calendar will be a huge success across Yorkshire.
“I know the Yorkshire Air Ambulance has been in Market Weighton before and it’s one of those charities that is well supported locally because you just never know if you or your family are going to need it one day,” she said.
“They do great work and we have done fundraising events throughout the year for them, but I hoped that the calendar would be a more consistent way of raising money for the charity.
“We would love for the calendar to be known throughout Yorkshire.”
The calendar has the full backing of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the charity has provided interesting facts about the helicopter and the work of the crew which appear as separate quotes for every month.
Each page is also themed to match its month, for example Halloween for October and bonfire night for November, and Sandy stressed that there are no fully naked bums in the photographs.
“It’s all very tastefully done,” she said. ”It’s a bit of fun which we hope people will support, so far people have been brilliant.”
Initially 1,000 calendars will be printed within the next fortnight to be sold in the Carpenters Arms and local outlets.
Sandy hopes that demand will be high enough to roll them out across the region if demand is high enough in the coming weeks. Once printing dates have been finalised, a special ‘Bums for Funds’ calendar launch night will be held in the Carpenters Arms.