Hats off to calendar boys!

11.12.2009

Cheeky chappies from a local water company have stripped off for a worthy cause.

Twelve Northumbrian Water workers from around the region have bared all for a charity calendar, with only a selection of strategically-placed props to preserve their modesty!

Five hundred copies of the ‘Men in Hats’ 2010 calendar, priced at £3 each, have been produced to raise £1,500 for Samaritans Durham, which offers 24 hour emotional support for anyone experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.

The calendar has been photographed in the style of the original Women’s Institute Calendar Girls, with props including a shower cap and rubber duck, cycling helmet and bike, santa hat and giftwrap and a chef’s hat and utensils!

The twelve blushing boys featured are estates technician Paul Sinclair of North Shields, customer advisor Chris Duke of Chester le Street, facilities assistant Peter Lowther of Bishop Auckland, facilities manager Dave Whiteley of Tynemouth, customer advisor David Walker of Sedgefield, marketing co-ordinator Thomas Baker of Durham, technician strategy manager Eric Styan of Newcastle upon Tyne, senior HR business analyst Neil Robson of Durham, health and safety advisor Peter Sheldon of Great Lumley, applications team leader Lee Gallon of Washington, Tyne & Wear, legal executive Chris Doyle of Cramlington and customer advisor Gareth Thraves of Gateshead.

Curiosity is boosting sales at the water company, with more than 100 advance orders placed by colleagues keen to have a giggle at the pin-ups.

Bill Donnelly, director of Samaritans, said: “We are extremely grateful to the staff of Northumbrian Water in selecting Samaritans to be a chosen charity this Christmas. Funds raised from the sale of the calendar will be used to help us to reach out to high-risk groups and communities in our region.”

Calendar boy Peter Sheldon, who works at the water company’s treatment works at Washington, Tyne & Wear, said: “I really wanted take part in the calendar, even at 59 years old, to help a service that many individuals turn to for support.  A friend of mine took his own life 12 years ago and at the time I felt I had let him down, not being there for him to talk to. Looking back at the situation, I realise that perhaps he didn’t want to talk to a friend about his problems. That’s where Samaritans come in.” 

Jane Morland, corporate responsibility team leader at Northumbrian Water, who came up with the idea of creating the calendar, said: “Our employees always rally round to support good causes and we had so many men asking to pose for the calendar, it’s a shame there aren’t more months in a year!

“Although the calendar is in good humour, all proceeds will help provide the much-needed, confidential service offered by Samaritans, who operate all the way through the Christmas period.”  

Copies of the slimline ‘Men in Hats’ 2010 calendar, priced at £3 each or two for £5, can be bought by cash or cheque from Northumbrian Water, Boldon House, Wheatlands Way, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5GJ. Telephone and email orders are also accepted, by calling Carolyn King on 0191 301 6722 or Carolyn.King@nwl.co.uk.

For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

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