Mums bare all in Calendar Girls-style photo shoot

Front Jessica Ridge, from left, Caroline Casey, Emily Trodd, Silena Dominy, Alison Pusey, Gill Raymond, Sarah Challaway, Sandra Taylor, Lara Ridge and Teresa Maidment
Front Jessica Ridge, from left, Caroline Casey, Emily Trodd, Silena Dominy, Alison Pusey, Gill Raymond, Sarah Challaway, Sandra Taylor, Lara Ridge and Teresa Maidment

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MUMS have come together to raise money for a charity close to their hearts – by baring all.

The women normally meet up at Showstoppers Dance School in Horndean to watch their children perform and help with the shows.

Gill Raymond

Gill Raymond

But a wine-induced dare after last year’s show turned into a nerve-wracking reality when they stripped off for a Calendar Girls-style photoshoot.

The calendar will raise money for A Touch Of Magic, a good cause spearheaded by 15-year-old Jess Ridge, who is the head girl at Showstoppers.

Jess has raised more than £44,000 over the years and this Christmas wants to help Hannah’s Holiday Home.

The charity provides holidays for families who have children with serious illnesses.

Emily Trodd

Emily Trodd

Mum-of-one Caroline Casey was shocked when she got a text on holiday in August saying the photoshoot had been booked. She posed with a top hat to become Miss June.

‘It was a little nerve-wracking to start with,’ said the 50-year-old, who has run the Showstoppers school for 20 years.

‘I was the first of the group to go in. I was like “I’ll do it, get it over and done with”.

‘None of us were standing there saying “Look at us, we’re amazing”. What we have done will hopefully make that little bit of a difference.’

Mum-of-two Emma Hart, 32, became Miss April.

Emma, of South Road, Horndean, said: ‘My five minutes of embarrassment does not come close to what we are going to achieve by selling the calendars.’

Jess, from Hambledon, said: ‘They have shown their commitment in this latest project, baring their heart and souls for such a good cause. We all had so much fun and giggled practically the whole day!’

The calendars cost £5 and are available at Brunell’s News in Cascades; Gunwharf News, Gunwharf Quays; Felthams Barbers, Waterlooville; The Barber’s Arch, Emsworth; All for Dance, Horndean; Stage Door, Southsea and Ferry Boat Inn, Hayling Island.