Hampton’s very own Calendar Girls
Greenwood Centre fundraisers launch their revealing charity calendar in aid of elderly residents. Sarah Hadfield, AKA Miss April, bares all
The calendar idea came about after meeting Fiona Brennan of the Greenwoods Centre. Myself and a group of friends were having a drink at a local pub when Fiona told us about the work her charity does in the community and their continuing need to raise funds, most importantly at the moment for a new Minibus.
The Greenwood Centre services are a lifeline for Hampton and Hampton Hill residents who cannot get around by themselves or who have few friends or family living nearby. They provide transport, companionship, support and assistance and organise pub lunches and outings to places of interest, as well as shopping trips to supermarkets, or other appointments. The Greenwoods Centre is also heavily involved with local events in the community and is a lifeline to many local residents.
With an almost house bound mother 130 miles away this resonated with me especially, and several bottles of wine later, myself, Gill Marshall and a group of other ladies came up with the idea of putting together a ‘Calendar Girls style Calendar’ to help raise the much needed funds. Bearing in mind it was mid September this year, we wondered at first if we would be able to do it! But a couple of further (pub based) discussions later, we pooled our resources and with the help of my friend Tamra Cave (a fantastic local ‘Female’ photographer) we were confident we could get it done.
We decided to approach 12 local businesses in the Hampton and Hampton Hill area and offer them the opportunity to sponsor a page. We worked out that this would cover the printing cost and then all money made from the sale of the calendars would go straight to The Greenwoods Centre.
As soon as we had the details in place it came together pretty quickly. Friends and friends’ friends agreed to be models for the day, we got some great props for the photo shoot and the studio was booked for Mid October. Models who were very game ranged from myself as Miss April – a full time mum and part-time Interior Designer, Jo - Miss June, a School masters wife, Dolly – Miss November from the Cheese and Wine shop, December ladies; Carole a Beauty therapist and her friends, to Gill – Miss February, who has a Marketing business.
The photo shoot day was pretty manic what with all the hair and make-up going on, one lady rushing off to take her elderly mother to the airport, me off to a Christening and Tamra’s studio being crammed full of props from a turkey and all the trimmings, a couple of cheeses, a saxophone, full disco lights and mixing decks, to a rather nice slipper bath!
10 hours later and the running order out of the window, we had some amazing photos, bubbles everywhere, holly in places you wouldn’t want holly and one very tired photographer!
On seeing the finished Calendar we are all delighted and it wouldn’t have come to fruition without the design skills of Michael Hill who works for the Greenwood Centre. Michael has been amazing in helping us turn a half baked idea in to a half dressed calendar with fantastic results!
Calendars are now available to buy on the High Street in Hampton Hill and Hampton Village, from Coopers Estate Agents, Milbank Carpets, Robsons the Butchers to Bannons Hairdressers Hampton Bathrooms, and All in one Events, as well as many local pubs and other businesses – just look out for the posters in their window!
Calendars can also be purchased direct form the Greenwoods centre for a minimum donation of £5 (Plus P&P) call 020 8979 9662.