DRAPED across the back of a Harley Davidson, dressed as Santa s little helpers and bunny girls, is not how you d usually expect to find a social worker or an optician. But when it comes to raising money for charity and trying to support the long-term futu
DRAPED across the back of a Harley Davidson, dressed as Santa's little helpers and bunny girls, is not how you'd usually expect to find a social worker or an optician.
But when it comes to raising money for charity and trying to support the long-term future of a local branch of the Alzheimer's Society, some people are willing to go all out to help.
Those people are 12 women from the Rutland Chapter Harley Davidson owners group who have posed for a charity calendar to help the Alzheimer's Society Huntingdon branch.
Members of the chapter, who are drawn from all over the UK including Huntingdonshire, hope the fun calendar will benefit the branch, based in Primrose Lane.
Freelance journalist, Susan Ward, who is also the October pin-up, said: "We are just ordinary women with lumps and bumps who wanted to do something for a good cause.
"Alzheimer's is a horrible illness, not just for the sufferer but for the carer. Carers often end up completely exhausted, with no light at the end of the tunnel. It is for such selfless people that the Huntingdon branch of the Alzheimer's Society has become a lifeline by providing help, advice, support and temporary respite care at day centres."
Each page of the calendar features a different woman and a Harley-Davidson motorbike, which either belongs to the woman or her partner.
One familiar face may be the owner of Krafty Kats craft store in Huntingdon High Street, Karenza James.
Karenza is Miss January in a shot based on a Marilyn Monroe theme.
"My grandmother died last November and in the last few months of her life she
suffered from Alzheimer's. But there didn't seem to be a lot of help available at the time," she said.
"It is important to support our local
The chapter is aiming to produce about 500 calendars and raise £4,000. It is hoped the calendars will be on sale by the end of November at Krafty Kats.
David Moore, outreach worker at the Huntingdon branch of the Alzheimer's Society, which has 200 families on its books, said: "As a result of funding from the Primary Care Trust we have enough money to last until March, 2007, but if we can't secure funding after that we will be very short of pennies."
INFORMATION: The Rutland Chapter Harley Davidson owners group is still looking for businesses to sponsors some of the calendar pages. To sponsor a page, email Susan Ward on firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a donation or to raise funds for the Huntingdon branch of the Alzheimer's Society, call 01480 415235.