'˜Real women' strip off for Calendar Girls-style fundraiser in Milton Keynes
A group of friends have bared almost all to become real-life Calender Girls and raise cash for Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes.
The women were inspired by the programme the Real Full Monty, where celebrities stripped off to raise awareness of breast cancer.
“I thought if they can do it then so can me and a bunch of my mates,” said Milton Keynes mum Natalie Bunn.
Natalie sent a text to all her female friends asking if they would be willing to pose for a charity calendar.
“Some said ‘no way!’ Others said ‘what the hell, I’ll do it.’ Before I knew it there were 11 of us willing to have a go,” she said.
“We’re all different shapes and sizes but that was the whole point. There was no photoshopping – we wanted to show we are real women.”
A friend’s brother offered to be the photographer and another friend who is a graphic designer volunteered to put the calender together.
“On the day we all gathered in one house and most of us were really nervous at first. But by the end of the day we were all walking round with our boobs out and having a real laugh. It was great fun!” said Natalie, who volunteers at the hospice.
She and her 10 friends, Tanya, Louise, Ellen, Trish, Holly, Vicky, Emma, Penny, Sian and Wendy, all pose together for the grand finale month of December.
Copies of the calendar have now been printed and the ladies plan to sell them to family and friends for £10 each to raise £2,000 for Willen Hospice.