Local pubs trade pints for poses in charity calendar

The cover of the  'We Share One Life' charity calendar in aid of Cancer Research and Macmillan Nurses.

The cover of the 'We Share One Life' charity calendar in aid of Cancer Research and Macmillan Nurses.

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Pubs around Skegness have traded pulling pints for poses in a new charity calendar raising funds to help fight cancer.

Female staff and the regulars at 11 local pubs have all starred in Karen Wright’s ‘We Share One Life’ 2014 calendar - which has recently been sent to the printers.

“It’s been absolutely fantastic, everyone that’s taken part has had a really good time and Wrates, which did the photography free of charge, has made us all look really glamorous,” she said.

Karen has been a dedicated cancer charity fundraiser for a number of years, having lost a dear friend to the disease several years ago.

Her hugely successful ‘Hats Off For Macmillan’ 2011 Calendar, which featured dozens of men, many from the Railroad Club, Skegness, wearing only their hats, raised more than £6,000 for the cancer charity.

“This time we thought we’d do it for the ladies,” said Karen

“But the men still wanted to get involved so we said that if they dress as sexy ladies they can be in the calendar too.

“And that’s exactly what they did - they look fantastic.”

Whereas the ‘Hats Off’ calendar raised exclusively for Macmillan, Karen’s latest project will be a 50/50 split between that and Cancer Research.

“Cancer affects everybody - men, women, children,” said Karen.

“We’ve done the men’s calendar so we thought it was the girls’ turn this time round.

“We’re supporting Cancer Research because we need a cure but until there’s a cure we need to still fund the Macmillan Nurses.”

The calendar will be officially launched at a glitzy fundraiser hosted by Grand Central, Skegness on June 28.

Guests at the £20 event will be treated to a three course meal and performances by tributes to Lady Gaga and Jessie J. - as well as having the first glimpse of the new calendar.

Anyone using the password ‘Standard’ on the door tonight will be entitled to two tickets for the price of one.

Participating pubs each donated £100 towards the first thousand-copy print run and in return Karen has agreed to organise a fundraising night with free entertainment at each of the 11 venues.

The Victoria Inn in Skegness and Buddies Family Show Bar in Ingoldmells have already hosted two successful nights as has The Highwayman, Skegness.

Karen has thanked all the pubs for taking part, Wrates for shooting the photos, her ‘right hand woman’ Jane Bennett and Phylys Smith and Amanda Hayes for their help.

Sam Bennett, Jane’s Son, and Craig Rogers have also been thanked for their work designing the calendar.

The pubs featured are:

January - Yates, Skegness.

February - The Railroad Club, Skegness.

March - Skegness Working Men’s Club

April - Grand Central, Skegness.

May - Buddies Family Show Bar, Ingoldmells.

June - The Highwayman, Skegness.

July - Hollywood Bar and Diner, Ingoldmells.

August - Miller’s Bar, Chapel St Leonards.

September, The Victoria, Chapel St Leonards.

October - The Ship, Skegness.

November - Exserviceman’s Club, Skegness.

December - The crossdressing men from various pubs, sponsored by Buddies Family Show Bar.

Tickets for the Grand Central launch night are available from the various pubs and from Karen on 01754 767393.

Anyone using the password ‘Standard’ on the door tonight will be entitled to two tickets for the price of one.

To keep updated on the calendar’s progress and the fundraising events visit www.facebook.com/groups/skegnesscharitycalendar2014/