Belfast Telegraph

Young farmers strip down for cheeky charity calendar

By Rachel Martin

A group of Co Down young farmers have shown how they are outstanding in their field by baring all to raise money for charity.

The daring men and women from across Ards and north Down thought they would do something different when they realised it was time to celebrate their Newtownards Young Farmers' Club's 85th anniversary.

Without giving too much away, members of the club will count down many of the 12 months of 2016 in not much more than their wellies - of course, complete with some strategically placed personal protective equipment, straw and even leeks.

They will be selling the novelty calendars to raise funds for their club hall's continuing renovation, as well as mental illness charity Rural Support.

The money raised from the sale of the calendars will be divided equally.

It's the first time the club, which has around 50 members aged up to 25, has launched a calendar. Members took the pictures themselves.

Club leader Andrew Patton said: "Members felt that this was a great and unique way to celebrate their 85th anniversary and at the same time raising vital funds to help others.

"The club has decided that a proportion of the money raised will be donated to Rural Support, a charity which we feel is more important than ever for farmers who are going through a very hard time in agriculture."

Andrew said not all the photographs included will be cheeky, and some of the club's younger members will even feature on the front of the calendar as well as in some of the clothed pictures inside.

Andrew admitted his own picture was fully clothed.

"I didn't want to scare anyone!"

The calendars are priced at £10 and are available through the Newtownards Young Farmers' Club Facebook page.

Among those in the pictures are leek grower Alexander Lyttle from Newtownards, Donaghadee sheep farmer Hannah Robinson, arable farmer Ewan Dalzell from Comber, dairy farmer Andrew from Newtownards and beef farmer James Lindsay from Craigantlet.

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