TWO naked calendars launched at the Stag’s Head in Wellesbourne have already raised over £3,350 in memory of the landlady who died of cancer this year.
Penny Parker, a mother of two and grandmother to five, had just turned 65 when she passed away in January.
Her friends and family decided to strip off and raise funds for the two charities who helped her during the most difficult times of her illness, the Myton Hospice and Shipston Home Nursing.
To keep things fair, there is one calendar of men baring all, and one of women.
Kelly Parker, Penny’s daughter, said: “They are both tastefully done; although the models are all nude, the poses used are subtle and inoffensive.”
As well as selling the calendars for £10, there was an auction and a raffle at the launch party to raise more money. Ticket holders also got to enjoy a buffet and a disco. “We had a fantastic evening!” said Kelly. “We were fortunate enough to raise an astounding £3357.89 for our two charities.”
That’s not the end of the fundraising though, and the calendars produced by Julie Stokes are still available for £10 at the pub in Chestnut Square.
Kelly described her mum as “a wonderful lady who touched the lives of many” and thanked all of those who helped, particularly those brave enough to strip off for the cause.
“We are eternally grateful to everyone that contributed to this extremely successful event,” she said.
All the money raised from the launch party and future calendar sales will be split 50/50 between Myton Hospice and Shipston Home Nursing.
You can buy the calendars in Wellesbourne at the Stags Head, Avon Studios, Razors Barbers, A K Russell Butchers, Wellesbourne Pharmacy, and the Kings Head.
Hampton's naked calendar
Meanwhile, the community of Hampton, near Evesham, has got together to produce a naked calendar in memory of Diana Burgess, a 40-year-old mother-of-three killed in a motorbike accident last year.
Raising money to build a storytelling chair in Diana’s favourite playground at The Sheppey in Cropthorne, the calendars go on sale for £10 next Tuesday.
The calendar has nearly 45 sponsors and organisers have been overwhelmed by the support for Diana and her family.
She left behind husband Kevin and three young daughters Hannah, Eva, and Emma. To find out more visit www.dianascalendar.co.uk
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