Fundraising News: Charity shuns nude calendar donation

A cancer charity turned down a £3,000 donation raised by hospital staff who posed for a nude calendar because it considered the shots to be too explicit.

The calendar was the idea of staff at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital who were inspired by the film Calendar Girls, based on the fundraising efforts of the Women's Institute in Rylstone, North Yorkshire.

The Magpie Cancer Centre Appeal decided that the shots were "not quite suitable" and, together with the local health trust, turned down the £3,000 raised from the calendar sales. The money was instead donated toward general trust funds.

Steve Paddington, who posed as Mr January, said: "You'd think that £3,000 is £3,000 when you're trying to raise money."

A spokeswoman for Winchester & Eastleigh NHS Trust said the calender idea was "a bit passe" and "it would have been better if they had consulted us in the first place".

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