Published: 00:01, 20 July 2014 |
After tragedy hit the close-knit staff at a village pub, they decided to pull together and flash some flesh to raise money for charity.
The bar team at the Manor Farm Barn, in Southfleet, were devastated when they lost a friend and colleague to pancreatic cancer.
Paula Beagley, 50, had been with pub since it opened in January 2002 and her workmates were shocked when they heard she had lost her battle with the disease.
Verity Carlo, 25, assistant manager at the pub in New Barn Road, said: “We’re a really close team, so it was awful news.
“She had a big do here and all the staff had a photo together. We had a code word for when we had to talk about an awkward subject, we used to say “pineapple”, so there was a picture of us all together holding pineapples.”
While she will always be missed by the team and punters at the pub, her friends decided to do something positive to help other cancer sufferers and turned to photography again.
They have put together a 2015 semi-nude comedy calendar to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK.
Miss Carlo said: “It gets people laughing. I just thought it was a fun idea.
"It’s a comedy calendar too and we’re advertising things we do in the pub. There’s a picture of us holding a wedding and the bride is a man and the groom is a woman.”
The staff will be the ones you will see dressing up or dressing down (depending on the month), and they will be asking customers to dig deep to buy a copy.
They are due back from the printers soon and the pub is hoping to raise £3,000.
Miss Carlo explained that so far everyone has been getting behind them.
She said:“The support from people has been wicked. I’ve been using local businesses to sponsor the calendar so then everything we make is 100% profit.”
The calendar will be on sale from the Manor Farm Barn from Friday, August 1. For information call 01474 834967.
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