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Rail workers strip for charity

Charity calendar staff at Fratton Station Back L-R Jo Black co-organiser of calendar , Harold Bailey, Gary Ranson, Sean Ayres, Mark Davis, Chris coyne, Tony Parris. With Front L-R Jamie Sutherland, Steve Harbinson


Picture: Paul Jacobs (142463-1)

Charity calendar staff at Fratton Station Back L-R Jo Black co-organiser of calendar , Harold Bailey, Gary Ranson, Sean Ayres, Mark Davis, Chris coyne, Tony Parris. With Front L-R Jamie Sutherland, Steve Harbinson Picture: Paul Jacobs (142463-1)

WHEN train driver Steve Harbinson found he had terminal cancer he decided to make a difference.

So along with colleagues at the Fratton depot where he works, he’s stripped off for a calendar to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Steve, who works for South West Trains, was diagnosed with prostate cancer three years ago.

The 51-year-old recruited 17 male guards and drivers to get their kit off for the camera.

He said: ‘I found out it was terminal after having radiotherapy last year.

‘They said they weren’t sure how long I had left – only that it was about five or six years. I do appreciate all their efforts in promoting Macmillan.

‘It’s an eye opener because one in three suffer from prostate cancer so everyone has to get in on board with the research that goes into curing it.

‘It’s too late for me, but there’s always breakthroughs in treatment.

‘The idea for the calendar came from a naked photo I had taken for a charity bike ride three years ago.

‘The lads weren’t surprised when I told them the plan. They know me, they knew that’s the sort of thing I’d do because it’s just the sort of person I am.

‘I enjoy having a laugh and I had that outlook before the cancer.’

The calendar was shot at a house in Bedhampton, using props including ticket machines, flags, cushions and Santa hats to cover up.

Jo Black, treasurer at Fratton station, said: ‘In the industry we work in the lot of them are either crackers or exhibitionists and up for a laugh.

‘They all piled in after a bit of trepidation because they understood the importance of the cause and have worked with Steve for years.’

She added: ‘They had lots of fun on the shoot but are complaining there’s no girls in it.

‘A couple of girls have said from different depots that they’d get involved, so if it goes well we might do a female calendar next.

‘We’ve not had many orders yet but lots of promises as is the railway way. We’ve sold about 50 so far.’

The calendar will be released next month to coincide with a charity bike ride from Derby to Portsmouth over three days that will also raise money for Macmillan.

Richard Martin, fundraising manager for Macmillan, said: ‘We’re grateful to Steve and the rest of the participants for putting in this amazing amount of effort to support Macmillan.

‘There are two million people living with or beyond cancer in the UK and this figure is set to rise to four million by 2030. Without the fundraising efforts of people like Steve we simply would not be able to give valuable support to those affected by cancer.’

To pre-order a calendar for £7, plus £1.50 p&p, contact Jo Black on 07810 355851.

 

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