Whimple ladies bare all again for charity

PUBLISHED: 11:59 09 November 2018

The whimple Wonders sing carols in the snow. Picture: SUE DRAYCOTT

The whimple Wonders sing carols in the snow. Picture: SUE DRAYCOTT

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Village women appear naked on Chritsmas cards and wrapping paper to raise money for charity

The whimple Wonders pose for some cheeky gift wrapping paper. Picture: SUE DRAYCOTTThe whimple Wonders pose for some cheeky gift wrapping paper. Picture: SUE DRAYCOTT

Barely a year after creating their first nude calender a group of East Devon women have stripped off again for a collection of Christmas cards and wrapping paper.

The ‘Wonders of Whimple’ - which has 102 female members - launched the latest project to raise money for two breast cancer causes - Body Image Movement and Breast Cancer Now.

Last year, the group’s naked calendar raised more than £5,000 for charity.

Gill Wilson, who organised the fundraising venture with photographer Sue Draycott, said: “We all live in Whimple and the ages of the women involved ranges from 18 to 85.

“Every one of us has been affected by breast cancer.

“I do not know anyone who that has not been affected by it by now. We all feel really strongly and we are all touched by it, even if we have not been diagnosed with it.”

The group began the latest photo shoot in February, with some brave participants posing in the snow that blanketed the UK when the Beast from the East struck.

Gill said those who are not comfortable posing nude for the project have helped in other ways, by advertising the cause, packaging the products, and holding small fundraisers such as coffee mornings.

She added that the most important thing was that everyone has fun taking part.

“The moment it does not become fun, we do not do it - that’s the rule,” she said.

The project to bare all for charity was started when Gill, who works as a counsellor for young adults with eating disorders, decided to screen a film in the village called ‘Embrace’.

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

Gill then worked with Sue Draycott to create a calendar in the style of Calendar Girls - the 2003 British comedy film starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters.

She hoped to highlight the body image movement as well as raising valuable funds for breast cancer charities.

The Christmas cards which have been created this year are being sold in a pack of ten, costing £4, and the wrapping paper costs £3.

An online shop will be set up, but at present, those interested should email the group on wondersofwhimple@gmail.com

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