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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 April, 2004, 14:30 GMT 15:30 UK
Charity rejects raunchy calendar
Calendar Girls
The hospital grounds staff were inspired by the film Calendar Girls
A hospital cancer charity turned down £3,000 from sales of a pin-up calendar because the shots were too risqué.

Magpie Cancer Centre Appeal fundraisers at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester felt the poses by their own estate workers were overly racy.

Inspired by the film Calendar Girls, the men aged 34 to 55 sat for two sets of shots - some with just a well-placed welding mask to save their dignity.

Instead they donated the money raised from sales to kit out hospital wards.

To be honest it was a bit naughty to start off with - there were a few bum shots
Steve Paddington, Mr January

Steve Paddington, 46, Mr January in the calendar, said: "You would think that £3,000 is £3,000 when you are trying to raise money but obviously in this case it was not.

"We did it for the Magpie Appeal and tried to follow the Women's Institute calendar from a few years because we wanted to do something similar to make some money for the appeal.

"But they said they did not want it because it was rude and lewd.

"To be honest it was a bit naughty to start off with - there were a few bum shots, but later they were not prepared to accept the more tasteful poses and still said no.

"It's been a kick in the teeth really and the lads were disappointed but we managed to donate the money to another cause."

'Heavenly Hunks'

Each month of the calendar shows a member of ground staff at work, with items like radiators positioned strategically to spare their blushes.

A hospital spokeswoman said: "The first set of photos were extremely revealing. They were past the point of being saucy or fun and at that point the Magpie appeal did not think it was suitable."

The spokeswoman said that by the time more tasteful shots were taken, it had been decided to donate the money to another cause.

The hospital calendar is the latest to be inspired by that created by the ladies of the Women's Institute in Rylstone, Yorkshire, whose story was made into a hit film starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters.

Last year members of the Portsmouth Cathedral male choir stripped off for their own "Heavenly Hunks" calendar.



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