Sheffield’s very own Calendar Girls - and boys

Sarah Woodward, of Sarah's Florist in Middlewood Road, has organised a nude calendar
Sarah Woodward, of Sarah's Florist in Middlewood Road, has organised a nude calendar
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Move over Julie Walters, take a hike Helen Mirren - a bevy of Sheffield beauties are bringing the Calendar Girls’ spirit back to Yorkshire.

A blockbuster film and West End show have been inspired by the Rylstone and District Women’s Institute ladies who posed nude in the name of charity - and now it’s Hillsborough’s turn.

One of the shots which will be used on the calendar on sale at Sarah's Florist

One of the shots which will be used on the calendar on sale at Sarah's Florist

Florist Sarah Woodward has recruited delivery drivers, flower arrangers, family and friends to pose for a fundraising calendar for 2014.

The 36-year-old, who runs Sarah’s Florist in Middlewood Road, raised £3,000 after producing the first one last year.

This time round it features a few more men, a wider range of shapes and sizes, and a few four-legged friends in honour of Sheffield charity Rain Rescue, which will receive half the proceeds.

The rest of the cash raised will be donated to Amy’s Retreat in Handsworth.

Sarah said: “When we did the last one we thought we’d be pleased even if we just got £1,000.

“We couldn’t believe how much we raised. This time we’ve set ourselves a target. You get a bit greedy!

“There are some who did it last time but we’ve got a lot of new recruits.

“I fostered dogs from Rain Rescue. I got my dog Brock to foster at first but he was so lovely I ended up keeping him. He had to have a leg amputated because he was treated so badly.

“I wanted to do something to help Rain after that, so Brock was our three-legged inspiration.

“There are a lot of animals on the calendar this time.

“My friend has a smallholding so we went up there to take some of the photos one day, and there were all sorts of animals running around!”

The 2013 calendars sold like hot cakes in her shop and this year more people were keen to get on board knowing they were in safe hands. After all, if anyone knows how to strategically place a couple of roses and trim thorns to avoid hazards, it’s Sarah.

The photos were then snapped by a female volunteer at Rain Rescue.

Sarah added: “Last time we had a male photographer so it was quite nice having a woman do it this time.

“They’re being sent off to the printer and we’re expecting them later this month. I’m excited to see how it turns out, we had a lot of fun making it.

“There are definitely a lot of different shapes and sizes on there.”

Calendars will be on sale at Sarah’s Florist later this month.