Members of a South Yorkshire Women’s Institute branch are hoping for success after going back to basics for a new calendar.
Since the original WI Calendar Girls, from Rylstone, North Yorkshire, stripped off for a nude photoshoot many WI branches have followed suit
However, the members of Sheffield’s Seven Hills WI – South Yorkshire’s biggest WI branch – have chosen to shine the spotlight on their fair city for the group’s 2014 charity calendar.
Copies of the calendar, which features the members at some of Sheffield’s best-loved landmarks, go on sale this week.
They are being sold to raise cash to support the Parents’ Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia, a charity based at Sheffield Children’s Hospital which supports families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer.
The idea to showcase the best of the city – from the City Hall to the Peace Gardens, the Leadmill to the Lyceum – and support a local charity came from Lindsay Garfitt, Sevens Hill president.
Her three-year-old niece, Isabelle Touhey, is on the road to recovery after undergoing treatment for neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer.
Lindsay said: “We are so proud of our calendar.
“It’s taken hours of work to create, but it is completely worth it to raise money for such a wonderful charity.
“We would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved, from the members who posed for photos, to the venues that let us take the photos and the sponsors who helped us pay for printing.
“The calendar is a great homage to some of our city’s best loved landmarks and if you buy one you’ll enjoy a year of looking at the lovely ladies of Seven Hills WI – definitely with clothes on though.”
The calendar photography was done by WI member Laura Bainbridge and the cover design was done for free by Daniel Rose, of DRD Studio.
Firms from across South Yorkshire –including Apollo, BAPP, Beer Central, Boudoir, Dale Hirst, Exposed, Foster’s Dental, Gregory’s Haulage and Sheffield Signcraft – showed their support by sponsoring the printing of copies, meaning every penny from sales can be donated directly to PACT.
n The calendars cost £10 – for details of how to buy, visit www.shwi.co.uk