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Monday, 28 July 2014

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TV celebrities back Cumbrian women's naked calendar

TV stars are backing a charity calendar featuring naked Cumbrian women photographed at some of the county’s most beautiful locations.

MS calendar photo
A scene from the calendar

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Lorraine Kelly and Julia Bradbury have saluted the 12 women pictured in the black and white shots.

Three of them suffer from multiple sclerosis, the disease the £10 calendar is raising money for.

An initial print run of 1,000 copies of Moving Mountains for MS has sold out and a further 1,000 have been ordered.

Lorraine Kelly, who presents her own ITV morning show, said: “These ladies are a real inspiration.

“It’s clear that living with a debilitating condition like MS hasn’t taken away their sense of fun and adventure.

“MS affects twice as many women as men and so it’s great that the girls are doing something positive to raise awareness and vital funds for the MS Society,” she added.

Julia Bradbury, presenter of BBC1 show Countryfile, says she will be putting one of the calendars up in her house.

She said: “My congratulations to the ladies from the Lakes who have found the courage to pose naked for a calendar to raise money for such a worthy cause.

“Having taken part recently in a nude photo shoot for Cancer research UK, I know exactly how nerve-racking it is.

“I was in a nice warm studio trying to keep my bits covered but they did it in the great outdoors! Now that is brave.”

The fundraiser was thought up by Sue Hope.

Her daughter Carrie Burbush, from Keswick, is one of the three MS sufferers who posed for the calendar.

Delighted by the support from Julia and Lorriane, she said: “All of us who took part have been blown away by the success of it.

“I’d like to thank everyone who bought one, they make an ideal Christmas present so hopefully we’ll sell a lot more.”

The calendars can be bought on line at www.moving-mountains.co.uk or at shops in Keswick, Penrith and Cockermouth.

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