A bold Blackpool pensioner bared all for a risque charity photoshoot.
Michael Eaves, 69, stripped off along with 11 other older gents to pose for a nude calendar in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.
The retired mechanic was diagnosed with the disease in January 2016, despite having no symptoms except slight weight loss.
He said: “I went for an annual flu jab and because I’m not ill normally, the healthcare assistant decided to do some tests.
“It was an aggressive cancer, and advanced, but it hadn’t spread to other organs, which was lucky.”
Michael underwent 37 sessions of radiotherapy followed by hormone therapy, and now hopes to make a good recovery.
Following his diagnosis, his wife Jane joined an online support group for people with prostate cancer.
From there, it was decided that 14 patients would take a leaf out of the books of Helen Mirren and Julie Walters and become the group’s very own ‘Calendar Boys’.
Michael said: “The photographer made it quite a fun afternoon really. He made it very relaxed. I’m past caring what my body looks like at my age. I’m not bothered about people seeing an old fellow with a belly.
“Prostate Cancer UK is a good cause that is not widely supported. It gets overlooked and yet it’s a very common cancer.”
Jane said: “Prostate cancer is curable, as long as it’s caught early. If men have any concerns they should see their GP.
“If it wasn’t for the healthcare assistant doing these tests on my husband on the off-chance, we would be in a completely different situation now.”
The nude calendars in aid of Prostate Cancer UK will go on sale in the coming months for donations of £8.50 each, plus postage and packaging. People can order their own by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
People living with the disease can find support online at www.livingwithpc.com.