Calendar girls and boys bare all for campaign

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Mums, dads, their friends and a rugby team are among those who have bared all for a scrum-ptious new calendar in support of Scarborough Hospital’s Snowdrop Appeal.

The calendar, which was launched at the Brunswick Centre, Scarborough, on Saturday, is the brainwave of Annika Dowson, of Helmsley, who is now hoping sales will make up a sizeable chunk of the £120,000 needed to develop the maternity bereavement suite at the hospital.

It is the latest in a string of fundraisers from Annika and husband James who wanted to lend support to the campaign after their daughter Gypsy was stillborn at Scarborough Hospital in October 2008.

A mixture of models have been included, all of whom in some shape or form have been affected by the loss of a child or who cannot themselves have children.

The calendar features a series of playful pictures taken by Stuart Ware, ranging from Scarborough Rugby Club in training, through to “Mr and Mrs June,” Annabel Robinson and fiancé Lee Fall, whose modesty is covered by a large heart-shaped balloon, and Annika herself, who chose to be pictured with two newborn lambs for the March photoshoot.

“Losing Gypsy was the most heart-breaking time of my life,” said Annika. “I was vulnerable, I was sad, I was scared, I’d never felt so alone. In the few years after losing Gypsy, I have learnt that it’s okay to smile again and it’s okay to be happy. So ‘getting naked’ is pretty similar. I’m not the smallest of ladies, so there is the vulnerable side, the scared side, and I even felt a little alone. But it was fun to do and the smiles have grown throughout the making of this calendar. The biggest similarity is being proud. I was – and still am – proud of my daughter and I’m also proud to share this calendar with everyone.”

Annabel said: “When I first heard about the calendar I did secretly hope that Annika would ask me to take part. I’m so pleased that she did. Not only me but my wonderful fiancé Lee too. We lost our angel in June, 2011 and this fabulous cause is something close to our hearts.”

More than 100 calendars were sold at the launch, with three bought by Scarborough Mayor Pat Marsburg who joined Annika and the Calendar Girls on Saturday.

Calendars are available from Taylor’s Of Pickering; Something for the Weekend, Sir?; and Sam’s Hair Boutique, all in Pickering. In Helmsley, calendars can be bought from the Co-op; Scotts Fish and Chips; Elijah Todds Newsagents; Libby Butler Jewellers; Castlegate Cafe; and the Sugared Butterfly Cafe.

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