SIXTY-one year old Jackie Norris runs a cleaning business which goes some way in explaining why she has been photographed with her bits in a bucket . But the main reason is that Jackie, who lives in Needingworth, is one of the brave women who have creat
SIXTY-one year old Jackie Norris runs a cleaning business which goes some way in explaining why she has been photographed with "her bits in a bucket".
But the main reason is that Jackie, who lives in Needingworth, is one of the brave women who have created a nude calendar to raise money for charity.
The Ouse Ladies, who all have boats on the River Great Ouse, have allowed themselves to be photographed out of doors.
The shots were taken at the moorings of the Great Ouse Boating Association (GOBA) near the Pike and Eel pub, to raise cash for the Addenbrooke's Hospital's breast cancer unit.
Jackie, a grandmother, is Miss May.
Her firm, Hygiene Systems based in Hoddesdon, supplies cleaning materials to companies and organisations including the Home Office and 10 Downing Street.
"That's why I said 'I'll be cleaning a boat," Jackie told The Hunts Post. "My husband's first wife died of breast cancer and my first husband also died of cancer so we know the importance of patient support.
"We have already sold 300 calendars and I've said to people I don't mind if you throw darts at it, so long as you pay your £10."
The group had 500 calendars printed and will raise £5,000 for the hospital if they sell them all - which looks likely - because all the costs have been covered by sponsors. The photographs were taken by Jackie's brother Jim Gifford who works for a London graphic design company.
She said: "My grandchildren think it's wonderful and my mum is chuffed to bits."
Julia Lindley, 54, from Eynesbury, also a grandmother, is Miss June.
She said: "I've had close friends who were affected by breast cancer so when the calendar was suggested, I said it was a good idea."
Mrs Lindley, a human resources manager for a company in Hertfordshire who has been boating with her husband, David for four years, added: "We had great fun doing the calendar and yes I would do it again. It took four hours of shooting to do the whole 12 months."
INFORMATION: Calendars are on sale at Jones's Boatyard and The Riverside Marina in St Ives and Hartford Marina. To order one by post, send a cheque for £12.75 (to cover postage and packing) to: Debra Kiddie, 104 Medcalfe Way, Melbourn, SG8 6HU. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01763 260977.