Business is blooming at a Sheffield florist’s shop - where staff and friends have posed with posies for a Calendar Girls style charity photoshoot.
Only flower petals, floral arrangements and potted plants protect the modesty of the models who appear in the Sarah’s Florist Charity Calendar 2014.
Sarah Woodward, owner of the florist’s shop on Middlewood Road in Hillsborough, was among the girls who posed for the calendar - which she decided to create after the success of a first one last year.
“We decided on a Calendar Girls theme this year because we went to see the show at The Lyceum theatre for our work Christmas outing last year, and it just started me thinking,” she said.
“We had such a fabulous time doing the photoshoot, everyone was so supportive of each other.
“We all have insecurities about our bodies but we all knew it was for two fabulous causes.
“It was a little scary doing it! But we all had a lot of fun.”
The money raised from sales of the calendar will go to Rain Rescue and Amy’s Retreat.
Animal charity Rain Rescue finds new homes for abused, neglected and stray dogs and cats in and around Sheffield, and Sarah decided she wanted to support it after she adopted her terrier, Brock, from there.
He had been run over and his leg was so badly broken it had to be amputated.
Amy’s Retreat was set up by the parents of five-year-old Amy Hall, who died in 2000 after suffering cancer for three years.
The charity allows families of children with cancer to take a break and give them quality time away from day to day routines.
Sarah said: “Our friend Claire’s daughter Ellie passed away, aged nine, in October 2007 after suffering from a rare form of cancer, neuro-blastoma.
“Over the years Claire has told us how Amy’s Retreat helped her and her family in many different ways to cope in the most difficult of times.”
The calendar, which was shot inside the florist’s shop and out in the countryside around Bradfield, features seven women - plus three men - aged between 28 and 70.
Five dogs and two horses also take on starring roles, all caught on camera by professional photographer Shelley Richmond.
Last year’s calendar raised £3,000 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, and Sarah is hoping this year’s will raise even more.
Each calendar costs £6, and all proceeds will go to the charities.
To buy, visit Sarah’s Florist at 297 Middlewood Road, or go online at http://charitycalendar.weebly.com/index.html
For more information call 0114 285 5110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org