Calendar girls in Courier cover-up

RSA ladies to do a 'calendar Girls' style calendar for charity.'Pictured are Andrea Kershaw, Jeanette Turnbull, Greer Wadsworth, Brigetta O'Brien, Kirsty Soffe, Josie Sharpe-Tetley, Ellen Wallace, Claire Cromie and Cathy Sedgwick.
RSA ladies to do a 'calendar Girls' style calendar for charity.'Pictured are Andrea Kershaw, Jeanette Turnbull, Greer Wadsworth, Brigetta O'Brien, Kirsty Soffe, Josie Sharpe-Tetley, Ellen Wallace, Claire Cromie and Cathy Sedgwick.
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The Courier covered Calderdale Calendar Girls as they bared all ahead of their debut photoshoot to raise funds for Overgate Hospice.

Nine ladies will strategically place props to cover their lady parts in a Calendar Girls style photoshoot.

The colleagues, who all work for Royal Sun Alliance customer relations team, Dean Clough, decided to take the plunge and strip for charity only three weeks ago.

Organiser Greer Wadsworth, 39, of Mount Tabor, said: “During an office chat I was saying that my previous married name was Calendar and that’s what brought the original idea to life.”

Kirsty Soffe, 32, had the brainwave a year ago and it was when she took part in Overgate’s Midnight Walk that inspiration to make the idea a reality was born.

Greer said the colleagues, aged between 22 and 25, have all got much closer since becoming calendar girls - “especially after today’s trial run,” said Jeanette Turnbull, 55, of Illingworth.

All of the ladies say that Overgate is close in their hearts and have endured personal losses to cancer.

Over the last two-years Jeanette has lost her parents to cancer.

Andrea Kershaw, 49, of Illingworth, and her husband endured cancer when he was diagnosed. His cancer is now in remission. “He’s the success story,” said Andrea.

Greer’s mother died of cancer in the Elland hospice 13 years ago and she said she wants to give something back.

Overgate runs at £5,000 per day. The ladies hope every little will help from calendar sales to contribute to the charitable work of the hospice.

Pounds and props make girls show bits and bobs:

The calendar month themed photoshoot will be out in December.

Photographer Phillip Fearnley of Sowerby Bridge has agreed to snap the girls free of charge.

A taste of the themes to come: January: Burns’ Night. May: spring-cleaning. June: Wimbledon.

The girls are on the hunt for prop donations and sponsorship. Keelham 
Farm Shop has already agreed to a prop donation. If any business would like to sponsor or donate props please contact Jeanette Turnbull 07813 164 955.