Sunderland car workers strip off for cancer fight

Calendar guys from Independent Futures.

Calendar guys from Independent Futures.

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CARE workers from Sunderland have stripped off to raise money for a cancer charity.

Men at the city’s Independent Futures project, agreed to pose naked for a calendar to raise money for Orchid, which fights male cancers.

Calendar guys from Independent Futures.

Calendar guys from Independent Futures.

They used props from their former jobs to protect their modesty in keeping with the theme of the calendar ‘What I Did Before I Cared’.

Denise McNay, deputy project manager at Independent Futures, which supports people with learning difficulties, autism and mental health, said the lads were all good sports.

She said: “About a year ago a couple of our lads were diagnosed with cancer. We held a big charity night, which was great, and raised £1,000 to help the guys financially while they couldn’t work.

“After that we decided we should do something else for charity and came up with the idea of a calendar.

Calendar guys from Independent Futures.

Calendar guys from Independent Futures.

“We decided to make it a male calendar to show how many men now work in the care industry.”

Denise said when Independent Futures, which is part of the Sunderland Homecare Group, was launched five years ago there were very few men.

She added: “In the five years we have been up and running we have had a lot of male staff coming into the industry. So I thought the theme of the calendar should be what they did before they became carers.”

Sunderland photographer David Ayre gave his time free of charge to take the photos of the men with props from their previous jobs, which included plumbing, welding and the armed forces, and EZStickers in Whitehouse Road printed them for free.

Calendar guys from Independent Futures.

Calendar guys from Independent Futures.

Denise said: “The lads did really well and we are very proud of them for taking part in this.” The calendar has so far raised £400 for Orchid.

There are still some copies left which are available from Independent Futures’ office in Whitehouse Road.

Calendar guys from Independent Futures.

Calendar guys from Independent Futures.

Calendar guys from Independent Futures.

Calendar guys from Independent Futures.