Getting naked no fear for Crayford Kit Off For Cancer fundraisers
PUBLISHED: 09:18 28 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:57 28 February 2013
The thought of getting naked for the camera is enough to make many folk shudder with fear.
But when they realised that in doing so, they may just help in the fight against the UK’s biggest killer, the Kit Off For Cancer collective were quick to bare all.
They are an ordinary group of people who have devastating stories to tell – all have lost loved ones to the disease.
Founded by Kelly Fairman, 37, of Iron Mill Lane, Crayford, Kit off for Cancer aims to plough money in to research charities, which they say is the only hope of beating the illness.
They have made two naked calendars, raising £13,000 for Cancer Research UK and Brain Tumour UK.
Kelly lost her mum Deborah, her grandad Ron and her aunt Lesley to the illness.
But it was her sister Vicky who inspired her to make the calendars.
Vicky had a successful operation to remove a brain tumour in March 2009 but it returned at the end of last year and she has been told it is terminal.
She is just 34.
“I’m sick of cancer,” says Kelly. “It’s everywhere I turn. Vicky was my inspiration for the calendar – her picture is March.
“She has shown such bravery and strength and a love for life, even though that life has thrown such heartache at her.
“The government gives no money to these charities for their research but it is the only way we can beat cancer – we can’t come up with cures any other way.”
As soon as Kelly had the calendar idea in 2010, she was overwhelmed by the support she received and now dozens of people are involved.
Their campaign has received celebrity backing from EastEnders star Johnny Partridge, who plays Christian, and pop star Chico, among others.
Every two minutes someone is diagnosed with cancer in the UK, with hundreds dying each day.
The calendar girls and boys all have heart-wrenching stories which hammer home how many people are affected.
Kelly added: “The money from this calendar will help towards the fight against cancer.
“One small thing like buying this calendar could help to have a big effect.”
To buy the calendar, to leave a message of support for Vicky or to read the calendar girls’ and boys’ stories, visit www.kitoffforcancer.co.uk