Young farmers get cluck naked for calendar supporting mental health mission

Young farmers have stripped off for a new calendar raising money for a mental health charity.

Models from the Lothian and Peeblesshire Young Farmers Club in Scotland were moved to act after seeing mental health issues impact their community.

They posed with seed bags, tractors and saddles in nothing more than their birthday suits in an effort to raise funds for the RSABI.

It is a charity supporting those who make their livelihoods on the land, both financially, but also with mental health.

Club secretary Kirsty Barr, 22, said: “The chairman, William Brown, and I came up with the idea in January after watching a club in the neighbouring district do one.

“We thought it looked like good fun and a good opportunity to raise money.

“We struggled at first to get people to take part, however once we had a few models interested then more came along and got involved.

“Everyone was nervous at first but once we started it was great fun because the photographer made you feel so comfortable and you were generally doing it with friends.”

The calendar was shot at various farms across the Lothians from June to October, with volunteers between the ages of 20 and 27 taking part.

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Of the funds raised, 80% will go to RSABI and the remainder will help run young farmer events.

Kirsty, from Edinburgh, said: “RSABI is a charity close to the district’s heart, as they do a lot of work to do with mental health problems within the rural community.

“We have seen members and past members suffer from mental health issues during our time in the club, and some have lost their lives to depression. That is why we want to support them as much as possible.”

Calendars cost £12 and can be bought online here.

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In other nude calendar news, a town’s traders teamed up to strip off as part of a naked calendar shoot raising money to fight cancer.

Liam Stanbridge, 30, rallied a dozen businesses from across Horsham, West Sussex, to take part in the risqué photoshoot.

He was motivated to act by a health scare in his own life when he discovered a lump, which he described as "thankfully not serious".

The calendar also supports the Be Real Campaign – a campaign which promotes body positivity.

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