Colin strips off in chilly charity feat

A HEMSWORTH man bravely cast aside his clothing to raise money for a charity close to his heart.

Thursday, 9th December 2010, 8:37 am

Colin Dobson, of Marsh Lea Grove, cleared the snow from his garden while wearing not a stitch of material in freezing temperatures last week.

He decided to carry out the crazy stunt to raise funds for the Brenda Fox Tribute Fund, which is supported by the Motor Neurone Association.

He set up the fund in memory of his mother-in-law, Brenda Fox, who died from the muscle wasting disease in 2004, at the age of 62.

Mr Dobson, who is a grassroots community correspondent for the Express, raised around £350 after publicising his feat online.

He also made snow angels – while still naked – and posted pictures on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.

Mr Dobson, 38, has appeared on Calendar News and is set to star on Look North later this week due to the popularity of his naked snow pictures.

His charity work was promoted on Twitter by a number of celebrities, including Little Britain star Matt Lucas.

So far, Mr Dobson has raised £3,400 for the fund by taking part in a number of different events, including cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats, biking the Leeds Liverpool Canal and back and organising a three towns sponsored walk.

He said: “During the snow last week I offered to clear snow outside my house naked for a laugh and to do naked snow angels for my Facebook friends, if they donated £20 to the charity fund.

“Within a few minutes more than £200 had been donated. Surprised by the reaction I took a series of funny naked photos in the snow, censored of course, and something massive has happened.

“Within hours, Twitter and Facebook had exploded with the photos and the cause behind them.

“My website is getting about a quarter of a million hits a day.

“My Twitter name was trending in the top 10 UK tweets and I’ve had to close my Facebook to new friends due to the popularity.

“It is amazing – and at the end of the day I have done this for charity.

“The pictures, although revealing, are all perfectly censored and show nothing that is offensive.”

Visit to see the rest of the pictures or to donate to the fund.