Farm girl Sam in cal­en­dar strip for char­ity

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

A BEVVY of dar­ing beau­ties have bared al­most all in a char­ity farm­ing cal­en­dar.

The 2012 cal­en­dar has been put to­gether by 11 young women, all from farm­ing back­grounds.

The risqué pho­to­shoot is in aid of the Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy Cam­paign, and fea­tures Ch­esca Martin (20) and Sam Rid­ding­ton (19), from the Peter­bor­ough area.

The cal­en­dar was the brain­child of Sam and Ch­esca’s friend Alex Paske, from Northamp­ton­shire, who has a close friend with the de­bil­i­tat­ing dis­or­der.

Sam, from Crow­land, said: “We were all sit­ting in the pub one evening and Alex said she wanted to do some­thing for char­ity be­cause of her friend. Mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy is a cause which is re­ally close to her heart.

“The idea of a naked cal­en­dar came up, but none of us re­ally thought it would hap­pen, we all thought it was a bit of a joke.

“But Alex went ahead with it and we ended up strip­ping for the cal­en­dar.

“It was a re­ally good laugh. We ended up gig­gling all the time as we spent ages try­ing not to re­veal too much.”

The cal­en­dar fea­tures the 11 ladies in a va­ri­ety of poses around the farm.

In each pic­ture, one for each month of the year, the girls are strik­ing a pose around agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery such as a trac­tor while in oth­ers they are fish­ing or rid­ing horses.

The one com­mon theme is the Union Flag boxer shorts worn by the mod­els pro­tect­ing their mod­esty and adding a splash of colour to the black and white pho­tographs.

Sam, who is study­ing for a de­gree in busi­ness at the Royal Agri­cul­tural Col­lege, said: “The whole group has grown up to­gether as friends, but, even so, the first pic­ture was quite nerve-wrack­ing.

“But we had so much fun to­gether. I would only con­sider do­ing it again if it was with those friends. I think it might be a one-off, but we will see.”

The group has al­ready raised £3,000 from the sale of the cal­en­dars, with plenty more due to come in.

It has de­lighted the char­ity which helps fund re­search into mus­cle-wast­ing dis­ease.

Char­lotte Allen, a fundrais­ing man­ager for Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy Cam­paign, said: “This is one of the bravest fundrais­ing ef­forts I’ve ever seen.

“The girls have done a fan­tas­tic job of putting this cal­en­dar to­gether and they should be proud of rais­ing so much to fund re­search into dev­as­tat­ing mus­cle-wast­ing con­di­tions.”

The cal­en­dars cost £7 each, plus £2 for postage, and can be or­dered by e-mail­ing downon­the­farm­cal­en­dar@hot­ and pay­ing through www.just­giv­

(METP-20-12-11AS044) Pic­ture: ALAN STORER

UNITED FRONT: Top, Mol­lie Gard­ner, Pip­pie Pol­son, An­nika Wel­man, Alex Paske, Ch­esca Martin, Chloe Ashby and Sam Rid­ding­ton brav­ing the el­e­ments at the trac­tor in the cal­en­dar, which Sam, above has a copy of.

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