YOU’VE heard of the Calendar Girls – now check out the Calendar Boys!
These fine town specimens stripped off to their birthday suits to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis in memory of tragic baby Craig Stephen Calvert, who died from the illness aged just seven months in 2007.
The calendar was the brainchild of the gorgeous tot’s grandmother, Sheila Calvert, who wanted to do something to help other children with the disease and their families.
So, after the 53-year-old and her pals shed layers for a revealing naked calendar shoot last year, which went on to raise £1,000, she thought it was only fair that the fellas should get a chance to pose and pout in the buff.
Sheila, of Peebles Avenue, and her best friend Barbara Orley, 52, from the Central Estate, set about trying to rope in as many willing models as possible, with her 19-year-old son Stephen being one of the first and most-willing volunteers.
She said: “Me and the girls did a calendar shoot last year and we raised £1,000 to buy nutrition books and toys and things for children who are being treated for cystic fibrosis at James Cook University Hopsital in Middlesbrough where Craig was treated.
“So in the end here were 11 men who agreed to do this naked calendar shoot, some who we knew and a few who we didn’t, which was really nice.
“It was such a lovely thing for them to do. We know the money we raise isn’t for Craig, but it keeps his memory alive.
“It was a really funny time doing the shoot, and we laughed from start to finish. They weren’t shy, put it that way!
“Now we’re just hoping we can raise as much money as possible by selling them.”
The fine fellas who feature in the calendar range from 19-years-old up to 60s, and are from a mixture of backgrounds and trades with a plumber, chef, carpenter, personal trainer, businessman and fairground worker.
As well as Sheila’s son, there is her nephew Wayne Simpson, 32, Martin Benton, Tom Pilmoor, George Laking, Colin Thornton, Alan Doxford, Mikey Leighton, David Bruce, Ray Stephenson and Alan Robinson.
The calendar was shot at Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Club, in West View Road, on the pitch then in the showers and in the bar area.
Sheila said Andrew Scotter and Jordan Caldwell from Design Host Print printed 200 copies for free, and Cleveland College of Art and Design student Ghandi Artist took the photographs.
“This cause will always be close to my heart,” said Sheila.
“Never a day goes by when we don’t think of him. Everybody loved him.”
l To buy a calendar – which has a suggested donation price of £5 – telephone Sheila on 07510577547, or buy one from The Clarendon, in Tower Street, Hartlepool.