Calendar girls make a date with £3000

A GROUP of girls in Queensferry who stripped down to the bare minimum have raised over £3000 from a charity calendar.

Local woman Claire McGill rallied a group of her friends to take part in the Calendar Girls style project last October in memory of her sister Fiona, who died from cancer in 2009.

The backdrops for the calendar shoot featured well-known locations around the Ferry including the Stags Head Hotel, The Moorings and the Terrace beauty salon.

Claire (34) said: “Unfortunately we were hit with the bad weather in the run up to Christmas and the New Year and did find it difficult in getting the calendars out but we got there in the end. We managed to raise just over £3000 with this being split between Marie Curie Hospice Edinburgh and FACE (Fight Against Cancer Edinburgh)”.

Claire added: “The girls would like to thank everyone who made this calendar possible, Hannah Beaton, who took the photographs free of charge and for her patience with us, individuals and businesses who sponsored us, the businesses who gave us their premises for taking the photographs and everyone for buying the calendars. Fiona would have thought us all mad but she would have been so proud of us raising all this money.”

Over the last 18 months Claire and her friends have raised over £15,000 for Marie Curie, FACE and Cancer Research from various fundraising nights and have organised another, a ladies night at Kirkliston Bowling Club on Saturday, May 7. Tickets are priced £5 with proceeds going to FACE.

Contact Claire McGill at claire7628@gmail.com or call Diane Job on 0131 331 3277 for tickets.