A young Glenrothes mum has become a ‘calendar girl’ to help a friend whose daughter has been diagnosed with a rare genetic condition.
Sara Haldane has joined fellow mums who all met on the internet when they were pregnant back in 2011, to bare all in the name of charity with a cheeky calendar.
And now the 29-year-old mother of four has been bestowed the title of ‘Miss August’ in a bid to bring wider ‘exposure’ to the genetic condition and raise vital funds for the Neuro Foundation charity.
Determined not to feel helpless the group got together to produce a ‘Calendar Girls’ style calendar taking inspiration from the idea originally made famous by members of the Women’s Institute back in 1999.
“Through the Facebook mums support group we’ve all become really good friends so when we were told by Kali that her daughter Tayen had been diagnosed we were all devastated,” explained Sara.
“But it quickly became apparent that we wanted to do something to help but I must admit I was a bit shocked when I was initially told about the calendar.
“We are all just regular mums and none of us had ever considered ourselves as being model material in the way that you’d expect,” she added.
Sara got together with two other Scottish mums for the photo shoot which was undertaken by her mother, a professional photographer.
“To start with we were all a bit apprehensive but then one of the girls whipped her clothes off in front of us and said lets get on with it, so there was no turning back then,” said Sara.
“Once we’d lost our inhibitions we ended up having a great laugh about it and we all feel we’ve done something special to help our friend’s daughter.”
And Sara has had support for the project from friends and family as the group aim to sell as many calendars as they can.
“I don’t think I’ll be taking up modelling as a career and anyway the hard work really begins selling the calendars,” laughed Sara.
“The interest so far has been fantastic and because people know we’ve done something outside of our comfort zone they’ve been extra supportive.”
Calendars are £8 each including postage from the just giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/yummy-mummies-calendar-2014.