WORKMATES at a Deeside factory have shown some barefaced cheek in a bid to boost the funds of their chosen charity.
Employees of Hazlewood Foods on Deeside Industrial Park cast off their uniforms and dared to bare all by volunteering to star in a 2002 calender to raise money for X-treme Disabled Motorsports. XDM offers severely disabled people the chance to visit the countryside by providing specially adapted vehicles at a 400-acre site in Cerrigydrudion, and factory pals who banded together to form their own social club
15 months ago have decided to target this year's fundraising efforts to giving disabled people more freedom.
'The social club has about 64 members and each year they are asked to nominate a certain charity,' said committee member Karen Dunne. 'Last year we raised funds for Clatterbridge cancer unit.'
But this year's benefiting charity was chosen by Karen and other club members for a special reason.
'Until recently, the courses at XDM were run by Phil Bird, an extremely hard-working, dedicated and committed man, who very sadly died in September at the age of 33, and XDM's courses have had to be postponed,' she explained.
'As a tribute to Phil's hard work and commitment, XDM will continue in his memory, but needs funding to achieve this.
'My husband Stuart is disabled so I have seen first-hand the freedom these vehicles offer,' she added.
Sales have already rocketed, even though the red-faced volunteers have not yet become factory pin-ups, as the calenders are still in the process of being printed.
Karen revealed 64 have already been sold and an additional £200 has been donated to the cause by workmates.
'Phil was Stuart's closest friend, so obviously I have more than one personal reason for wanting XDM to succeed.
'The calender was AnnMarie Lees' idea and has proved to be really successful,' she added.
Anyone interested in buying a calender, which costs £6, or making a donation to XDM can send a cheque payable to Deeside Social Club, together with your name and address, to Hampton Court, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 1TT, or contact Karen Dunne on 07818 063070.