Is­lan­ders bare all to buy gear for neu­rol­ogy ward

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY MICHELLE HEN­DER­SON

Fundrais­ers in Orkney went for full ex­po­sure - al­most - to raise funds for new equip­ment for a neu­rol­ogy ward in Aberdeen.

Orkney char­ity Friends of The Neuro Ward ARI have pro­duced a naked cal­en­dar – ti­tled Orkney Ex­posed 2019 - in a bid to raise £5,000, to pur­chase a mon­i­tor for Ward 205 at Aberdeen Royal In­fir­mary.

Founder and co-chair Caro­line Critchlow be­gan the char­ity five year ago af­ter her hus­band Kevin suf­fered a brain tu­mour and pre­vi­ously cre­ated a naked cal­en­dar in 2014, rais­ing £15,000 for the ward.

She spoke about the cal­en­dar and how she feels they may be “on to a win­ner”.

She said: “The cal­en­dar is out and we are hop­ing it’s a roar­ing suc­cess. One group of peo­ple, the Orkney Po­lar Bears, got their photo taken while swim­ming in the sea in Fe­bru­ary. They swim in the sea reg­u­larly all through the year but not usu­ally with no clothes on.

“There are peo­ple from 20 to 70 - slim peo­ple, plump peo­ple and tat- tooed peo­ple. There is one pic­ture with a man with a red sporran on and noth­ing else.

“It’s mak­ing peo­ple smile and if it can do that, you’re on to a win­ner.”

The char­ity are ap­peal­ing for do­na­tions of £10 to pur­chase the cal­en­dar, by Orkney free­lance pho­tog­ra­pher An­gela Hen­der­son.

She added: “The cal­en­dar was not your or­di­nary ‘naked cal­en­dar’ in terms of shoot­ing it.

“It was re­ally about peo­ple in the com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether, hav­ing fun and ‘let­ting it all hang out’ for a good cause.”

BOTTOMS UP: Peo­ple aged from be­tween 20 to 70 stripped off for the Orkney char­ity cal­en­dar

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