Kim’s cheeky charity bid

Bare faced: The British Legion members pose for the calendar which was the brainchild of Kim Willis
Bare faced: The British Legion members pose for the calendar which was the brainchild of Kim Willis
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British Legion members have come up with an eye-popping way to raise cash for the Poppy Appeal.

Members of the Cleveleys branch of the Legion have stripped off for a fund-raising calendar – with only the charity’s famous paper flowers to spare their modesty.

The stunt was the brainchild of committee secretary Kim Willis, who spent hours designing and making the skimpy outfits worn by the models.

Kim, who is also Miss March in the calendar, said: “I volunteered to be on the branch committee to help with the Poppy Appeal, and wanted to come up with an idea that would be fun and make money.

“When I first thought of the calendar, I didn’t tell anyone about it, I wanted to sort the outfits first.

“I ordered red and black mankinis from the internet and then attached some poppies.

“The first dress I did, I covered in poppies, it took me five hours a night for four nights.

“After they were all finished, I called a meeting. Before I showed them the outfits, I explained what I wanted to do.

“Like a coward, I decided to show the ladies their outfits first, and said they could choose which outfits they liked best, and they all seemed up for it.

“When I got the men’s outfits out, there were a few seconds of silence and then a lot of laughs, and thankfully they all agreed, even the treasurer of the club, who is my dad, and is 81 years old.

“We had some really good laughs over the next few days. Although I’ve seen some sights I would like to forget.

“I’m so grateful to them all for agreeing and coming into have the pictures taken in their own time.”

The calendar is on sale at Cleveleys Royal British Legion and costs £4.