Daring volunteers bare all for charity

Colin Dobson aims to raise thousands to help people suffering from Motor Neurone Disease
Colin Dobson aims to raise thousands to help people suffering from Motor Neurone Disease

PLUMBERS, plasterers and gas fitters have stripped off for a cheeky calendar to raise cash for charity.

Hemsworth electrician Colin Dobson, 39, has dared to bare all for his latest fundraising project for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

So far he has raised £6,000 for the charity in memory of his mother-in-law Brenda Fox who died in 2004.

He was approached by local estate agents Whitegates who wanted to help Mr Dobson’s fundraising mission by persuading their tradesmen to reveal all.

Mr Dobson said: “We’re hoping to raise over £1,000 for charity from sales of the calendar, which will be available next week from Local Properties estate agents in South Elmsall and Hemsworth priced at £7 or online at www.colindobsonline.com

“All proceeds will be split between the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Prince of Wales Hospice.”

Mr Dobson and his friends aren’t the only ones putting on a brave face - and not much else - in aid of a good cause.

Despite many set backs a calendar featuring four South Elmsall beauticians and their equestrian friends is now on sale.

Hot to Trot was created by keen horse-rider Julie Hemingway, 37, who 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.

She took inspiration from medieval heroine Lady Godiva and dragged in her colleagues from South Elmsall’s Nouveau Beauty Group - Jodie Stones, 25, Jodie Rostron, 25 and Lisa Shepherd, 22 - to bare all for the daring calendar.

They were supposed to get a celebrity on one of the pictures to help its success but they dropped out at the last minute.

And they also had to re-take all of the photographs as one of owners of the horses did not want her animal to be featured in the calendar.

Ms Hemingway said: “We had a lot of fun, although we did get spotted by a group of lads - which was quite embarrassing.”

The 2012 Calendar is on sale for £11.99 from www.hottotrot.org