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Hamble Local Ladies Business Club bares all for Hamble Lifeboat
THEY met barely a year and a half ago to flesh out some business ideas.
Now these Hampshire entrepreneurs are showing some real naked ambition – by shedding their clothes for charity.
Members of the Hamble Local Ladies Business Club are baring all in the hope of raising £10,000 for Hamble Lifeboat, which desperately needs a new station to replace the 30-year-old shed it currently uses.
Aged between 20 and 72, the daring group of 15 have taken part in a series of professional photo shoots for a calendar which they aim to sell at £10 a go.
They are all part of a support group of independent business women that formed in Hamble-le- Rice in 2012.
It was only recently that they came up with the idea of stripping for a good cause.
Pub, deli and boutique owners are included in the Calendar Girls-style initiative. Members also include a photographer, a nanny, a therapist and a spa manageress.
Organiser Janet Bradley, proprietor of the King & Queen pub, said: “This kind of thing has been done many times before – but not in Hamble.
“We all thought, ‘let’s just go for it’. The calendar is all in black and white and we think it has been tastefully done.
“There were a lot of nerves and a lot of Prosecco has been drunk along the way!”
Janet said there was an important motive for their wacky fundraiser – backing one of the busiest volunteer-run independent lifeboat services in the UK.
She added: “The marine industry is very important to Hamble, and as businesswomen we are acutely aware of the vital service the lifeboat offers to local people and visitors alike.
“It was a natural extension of our support for each other as businesswomen to support our local lifeboat service – and we hope that the community supports us in buying these calendars.”
A glamorous launch party was held last night at the Sea Sky Art Studio in Hamble, where calendars are going on sale.
They feature one business per month in a shoot by photographer Tina Chisnell.
Dave King, of Hamble Lifeboat Service, said: “As a volunteer crew who risk our lives in saving others, we desperately need a new station to continue our vital work, and to attract more volunteers.
“We are grateful to these businesses for their daring fundraising initiative and we’re particularly grateful we got to keep our gear on for the shoots we were involved with.”
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