Alford businesses bare all for charity calendar

Sue Sleaford and Jane Hunter pose for the charity calendar in their shop.
Sue Sleaford and Jane Hunter pose for the charity calendar in their shop.

Brave businessmen and women have bared all for a charity calendar raising funds to help an Alford almshouse in dire need of expensive repairs.

Mobile hairdressers Sandra Hall and Jo Rook have rallied together the town’s business community to pose for the ‘Alford Exposed’ calendar raising funds for West Street’s historic Almshouses.

Sandra said: “It’s been quite an experience and surprising too - lots of people we didn’t expect to do it were totally up for it - we had people ringing up asking to be in it by the end.

“We’ve seen far too much of some people and most people are a little bit embarrassed, but it’s all for a good cause,” she added.”

The charitable duo decided upon the fundraiser after learning of the appeal led by the Sir Robert Christopher Charity to raise the £425,000 needed to save the building.

Almshouses Trustee chairman David Wood said he had been delighted by the community support of the restoration appeal so far, which together with grants has raised around 70 per cent of the total.

He said: “Local encouragement has come from many sources and no more so than the enterprise of the Alford hairdressers’ calendar idea – to which we are very much looking forward.”

An initial run of 500 copies of the calendar will go on sale at business throughout the town from November 5 costing £6.50 with all proceeds going to the Sir Robert Christopher Charity.