Beauty queens are hot to trot

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Four South Elmsall beauticians who stripped off for charity are to appear in a calendar on sale this month.

Keen horse-rider Julie Hemingway, 37, was inspired to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis charity The British Trust for the Myelin Project after a friend was diagnosed with the condition.

And after taking inspiration from medieval heroine Lady Godiva, she dragged in her colleagues from South Elmsall’s Nouveau Beauty Group - Julie Hemingway, 37, Jodie Stones, 25, Jodie Rostron, 25 and Lisa Shepherd, 22 - to bare all for a charity calendar.

Hot to Trot was the brainchild of Bury photographer Andrew Monk, who’s wife Gwen also has MS.

The photographs feature the ladies saddling up in the buff, after taking inspiration from the film Calendar Girls, the story of members of a Yorkshire Women’s Institute, who stripped off to fundraise for leukaemia patients.

Ms Hemingway said: “When I heard of the calendar I thought it didn’t sound like a bad challenge - not like jumping out of a plane, so thought I’d go for it.”

A field in South Elmsall was the glamourous location for the shoot - which attracted a bit of attention from local lads keen to catch a glimpse.

Ms Hemingway said: “We did the shoot back in March and luckily the weather was quite nice.

“We got changed in the stable and walked to the corner of the field in dressing gowns and threw them to one side.

“There were two girls on the horse and us two behind the legs, so we were a bit covered up.

“We had a lot of fun, although we did get spotted by a group of lads - which was quite embarrassing!”

Popstar Phil Collins wrote his song Lorenzo in 1996 after being inspired by the story of the Myelin Project. He has provided Hot to Trot with a signed self-portrait doodle that is available to win, alongside a CD with 144 images, via the website www.hottotrot.org.

Proceeds from the calendar go to the Myelin Project, which also brought about the 1992 film Lorenzo’s Oil, for which Susan Sarandon won an Oscar nomination.

The charity funds research into MS and Leukodystrophy, chronic conditions of the nervous system and brain respectively.

The 2012 Calendar is on sale from the Hot to Trot website at £11.99. Visit www.hottotrot.org