Workers show a united front for colleague
A GROUP of fun-loving men have embraced their feminine side by donning bras and posing for a charity calendar to show their support for a terminally-ill colleague.
Mrs Baker's Boys is a charity calendar featuring 12 men, who work at the city's EDF Energy centre, which aims to raise money for Comic Relief and back Oxfam's Big Bra Hunt campaign.
But more importantly it also aims to show their support for their colleague Kelly Baker, hence the name Mrs Baker's Boys, who was recently told she was terminally ill after being diagnosed with cancer in her lungs, stomach and brain.
Jonathan Higgins, who came up with the idea of the calendar, said: "Kelly is such an inspiration to everyone in the office. She loved my calendar idea when I told her about it but sadly within days of her feedback she was told that she was terminally ill. As you can imagine we are all devastated but she still has the attitude of 'I will beat it'.
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"This has spurred us on all the more to produce the calendar with the same attitude of 'can do, will do', and that is why we are dedicating it to her and her family."
The 12 men featured in the calendar range from 22 years old to around 60 years old and are all posing wearing a bra, whether in a cowboy's outfit, a wetsuit or an apron.
Jonathan said: "Mrs Baker's Boys is not only about raising money for Comic Relief, but to show Mrs Baker and her husband, who also works with us, that their colleagues are supporting them all the way.
"Male colleagues from our office, who are all of various shapes and sizes, were lining up to offer us their services. To add the comedy element to the calendar they all came up with some great ideas for the photographs and are all in attire that reflects their personalities, but with the added twist of the bra and red nose for fun.
"We have also had a plethora of help from photographers, graphic designers and film makers, some from the Plymouth College of Art and Design."
The calendar will go on sale on March 15, Red Nose Day, and will be priced at £10, with at least £8.50 from each sale going to charity.
They will be available to purchase from www.mrsbakersboys.com.
Anyone interested in selling some of the calendars in a local shop, or to purchase a calendar directly, is asked to call Jonathan on 07712 576154.
The Herald has teamed up with Comic Relief and the Devon Community Foundation to dish out £50,000 to deserving causes in Plymouth from the Red Nose Day Community Cash fund. To be in with a chance of scooping your share of the £50,000 fund log on to www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/rednose and apply. Comic Relief and the Devon Community Foundation will give out grants of up to £1,000 to worthy causes.