Whimple ladies dare to bare for charity calendar

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:33 19 December 2017

The Wonders of Whimple are raising money for three charities. Picture: Sue Draycott

The Wonders of Whimple are raising money for three charities. Picture: Sue Draycott

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Following in the footsteps of men in Whimple, a group of ladies in the village have stripped off to raise money with a charity calendar.

The cake was made by one of the WOW women. Picture: Sue DraycottThe cake was made by one of the WOW women. Picture: Sue Draycott

Whimple has some history in East Devon, with some of the men posing for ‘The Whimple Wonders’ calendar two years ago, to raise cash for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The ladies have now followed suit and it all started when Gill Wilson, who works as a counsellor for young adults with eating disorders, decided to screen a film in the village called ‘Embrace’.

The film raised awareness and discussion around body image and the impact on young people.

Gill spoke to photographer Sue Draycott and they came up with the idea of creating a ‘Calendar Girls’ style calendar starring the ladies of Whimple.

They hoped this would not only highlight the body image movement, but also raise a bit of money for charity.

The calendar is raising money for Breast Cancer Now, Breast Cancer Care and The Body Image Movement.

Sue said: “The Wonders of Whimple calendars went on sale at a very successful launch night. The eldest and the youngest WOWs (Wonders of Whimple) Jan, 83 and Laura, 18 - cut the tape for the ‘grand unveiling’ of the calendar.”

More than 100 calendars sold within the first 15 minutes of it going on sale, with another 100 sold by the Sunday.

Sue said: “We would like to say thank you to everyone who has helped to make this calendar a reality. We really couldn’t have done it without them all.”

The calendar is on sale at Whimple Stores, The Thirsty Farmer and Cotley Farm. n


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