A group of women aiming to raise thousands of pounds for a cancer charity have shed their clothes for a fund raising calendar.
The 16-strong Nipplettes have taken part in a number of fund raising activities, including raising almost £1,000 last weekend alone.
A charity car wash raised £309, with a further £500 donated by the business owner, while they received £100 from zumba instructors Bev Hockley and Kerri Cox after taking part in a zumbathon in Braintree.
The women are also taking part in the Moonwalk on May 10 for Breast Cancer Care, and their latest idea has seen them all strip off for a Calendar Girls effort that they hope will raise £5,000 for the charity.
Pictures have been taken by David Doughty at Real Bodies Health and Fitness in Hollands Road, and the calendars will go on sale at the gym for 2015 costing £10 each.
The women have been inspired to raise the cash for the good cause by cancer sufferer Susannah Johns, from Hazel Close, who fought the disease and blogged about her experience until recently being given the all clear.
“After my treatment finished in November a group of friends, people who’d followed my blog and I knew through the gym, decided to do the Moonwalk with me,” said Susannah, 46.
“I was quite taken aback, especially when one girl told me she’d read my blog and wanted to help, which was really nice as she didn’t know me.
“We started training together and one day I said wouldn’t it be nice if we did Calendar Girls to raise money, and they all laughed so I said it would be fun to do it together.
“I felt bold until we started, and though I was nervous after a few drinks the clothes came off.
“I know David from school, so that was a bit awkward, but we had the gym equipment well positioned.”
Susannah has daughters Brittany , 16, and Charlotte, 23, and is married to Trevor, 49.
She is now hoping for a relaxing break in Mexico so she can fulfill her ambition of swimming with dolphins.
The Nipplettes have so far raised £3,772 for charity.
You can sponsor them at www.justgiving.com/NIPPLETTES
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