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Longfield kennel volunteers bare all for naked calendar to raise money for greyhounds

A group of dog lovers have bared all to help raise money to improve facilities at a greyhound shelter.

Volunteers from Dunrunnin Rehoming Kennels in Sun Hill, Longfield, ditched their clothes and posed for a calendar with their pets.

Greyhound lovers from Dunrunnin kennels are hoping to raise money to improve facitilies (19870898)
Greyhound lovers from Dunrunnin kennels are hoping to raise money to improve facitilies (19870898)

The centre cares for and tries to re-home retired greyhounds.

Inspired by the Calendar Girls' film, the group of 10 took individual and group shots in the nude accompanied with the greyhounds.

Melanie Hyde, who helped organise the whole thing, said: "The kennels have no heating and we wanted to raise some money to keep the dogs warm with the cold weather.

"We usually have to same group of people donating or volunteering so we wanted to reach out a bit more and get the funds to make improvement."

Money will also go towards paying vet and food bills as well as buying bedding and general daily care.

February's cover girl Becca with Jed, aged 8. (19870912)
February's cover girl Becca with Jed, aged 8. (19870912)

Melanie said there was some nerves during the shoot but a bit of Dutch courage got them through.

"There was a little bit of alcohol involved," she said.

"We thought of the idea last year and decided to get together and do it. Every single penny is going towards to dogs and at the same time we wanted to promote a body positive message.

"The ages of the girls involved range from their 20s to 60s, so we wanted to highlight that your body does change as you get older and that's okay."

So far, the greyhound calendar girls have sold around 300 copies, but have recently printed 100 new ones and are hoping to have them sold by Christmas.

Greyhound lovers from Dunrunnin kennels are hoping to raise money to improve facitilies. Picture: Melanie Hyde (19870900)
Greyhound lovers from Dunrunnin kennels are hoping to raise money to improve facitilies. Picture: Melanie Hyde (19870900)

All the woman involved had met through a Facebook group dedicated to the kennels and were dog owners, so were meeting up for the first time.

"It was a bit weird meeting up for the first time and getting naked in front of each other," Melanie said.

"But it was good fun and in the end became a bit of a social event."

To order a calendar or to make a donation, email Melanie Hyde at lanie.hyde@gmail.com or text 07710 280088.

Alternatively message the Dunrunnin Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dunrunningreyhoundskent.

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