Nude calendars to be launched in Epworth

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Isle folk have dared to bare - in a bid to fund new treatment for Epworth’s mum-of-two Anna Verrico, who is fighting breast cancer.

Two risque calendars, featuring the faces (and much more) of local business people and personalities will launch next Friday evening.

Among those to pose on the pages is the Mayor of Crowle, Paul McCartan. Photographer Steve Oatway said he feared he would struggle for subjects willing to model, but the opposite was in fact true.

Mr McCartan said: “I didn’t take much persuading to do this. If it can help to save a life then what decision is there to make? It was actually a lot easier than I though it would be.”

Steve told the Bells: “I ended up with too many volunteers! The shoot demonstrated how the community has come together to support efforts happening all over the Isle for Anna. Her plight has touched everyone.”

He added: “The majority of the ladies treated it all as a huge laugh. There were lots of nerves of course but the comment I got most was how liberating it was. The men seemed to take it more seriously and were more concerned about how they looked.”

The calendars’ launch and ticket event will take place in the Imperial Hall, Epworth.

To pursue a treatment known as immunotherapy that is currently only in use in Germany, Anna’s husband Paul must raise £115,000. It is hoped that the rivalling calendars, on sale at venues including NE1 and Sunspot at Epworth, will bring in between £10,000 and £15,000 to top up the thousands of pounds that have been raised already through a multitude of efforts by caring Isle groups and individuals.

A full update of all upcoming teamverrico activities can be found at www.facebook.com/teamverrico.