Pub staff strip off for saucy calendar

Full monty: Union landlord and landlady Gareth and Sarah Williams with a copy of the charity calendar.                                      Picture: Alan Janaszek.
Full monty: Union landlord and landlady Gareth and Sarah Williams with a copy of the charity calendar. Picture: Alan Janaszek.
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THEY’VE gone the full monty with a saucy calendar – and raised thousands of pounds for a city cancer charity.

Workers from The Union Hotel pub in Nether Edge used strategically-placed items such as beer pumps, pub tables and even crisp packets to protect their modesty after stripping off.

The fundraiser was the idea of landlord and landlady Gareth and Sarah Williams, who have been collecting money for Weston Park Hospital since Gareth was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year.

Gareth, aged 36, was recently given the all-clear fter chemotherapy, and the couple have just raised almost £6,000 for the hospital through the calendar, a raffle and auction.

“We’re trying to give a little back to Weston Park, so whatever fundraisers we can do we’ll do for them,” said Gareth.

Last year the pub staff underwent sponsored waxing treatments to support the Movember appeal, which raises awareness of men’s cancers.

Gareth said: “This year we were racking our brains thinking, ‘What can we do?’. So my wife suggested doing a charity calendar.”

The pub had 250 calendars printed and has so far sold around 150 at £10 each.

“We’re all naked but there are things in the way, like beer pumps!” laughed Gareth.

“Sarah did an American Beauty-style pose, but with bags of crisps instead of roses.

“Some people have said they don’t know where to put the calendar but have bought one anyway!

“It’s so unique. I’ve never heard of another pub doing it. It’s done really discreetly and very well.”

He added: “In total over 12 months we’ve raised £10,000.”

Local photographer Bob Twigg took the snaps for free, while printing firm Pinders offered a special deal to produce the finished product.

Items sold at the auction included a signed Richard Hawley LP, works by artist Joe Scarborough and signed Owls and Blades shirts.

“Weston Park is brilliant,” said Gareth, who underwent 11 sessions of chemotherapy as well as surgery at the Northern General to remove his tumour.

“All the staff are great, they really care for you.”