Tally ho! Foxy ladies bare all for charity

Wiltshire Times: Julia Betteridge of Trowbridge and Annica Bowen of Westbury ride out towards the Westbury White Horse for the July calendar shot Julia Betteridge of Trowbridge and Annica Bowen of Westbury ride out towards the Westbury White Horse for the July calendar shot

Daring Wiltshire women stripped down to their underwear in a bid to get fundraising off to a flying start for Help For Heroes.

The Foxy Hunters Calendar has been launched for a second year running following on from its success last year raising £4,200 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and Cancer Research.

This year photographer David Betteridge is donating all of the proceeds made from the calendars to both air ambulances and Help For Heroes.

Mr Betteridge, who lives off Silver Street Lane, Trowbridge, said: “The calendar was so successful last year I had my arm twisted to do it again this year, although it didn’t take much twisting.

“The momentum has just kept the calendar going. We have had sponsors coming to us whereas last year I had to persuade people to sponsor us as they didn’t know what we were doing.

“We have also had 41 women volunteer this year and were able to use 20 of them whereas last year we had about 17 women.”

The Foxy Hunters calendar was produced by Mr Betteridge last year after friend and Trowbridge PCSO Maria Badder was seriously injured during a team chase event at Newbury and was airlifted to hospital.

Mr Betteridge and Miss Badder, who featured in the calendar, have donated £2,250 to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, and are planning to give £1,250 to Wiltshire Air Ambulance and £500 to Cancer Research UK.

Mr Betteridge added: “I do this in my spare time separate to my work and I personally want to support Help For Heroes because the guys out there are doing a tough job.”

Four of the original women from last year’s calendar have taken part in photoshoots again, while the rest are new to the calendar.

The pictures were taken between May and mid-August across Wiltshire in stables and rural locations.

The calendar is £10 and is available from Mr Betteridge’s website, www.dhbphotography.co.uk, the Wadswick Country Store, near Corsham, the SCATS Countrystore, Devizes, and Countrywide stores.

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