A couple are raising money for Roxburghe House with a risqué calendar – having been inspired by the support provided for their terminally ill friend.
Maggie Barclay, 58, a photographer from Arbroath, and her husband James, 63, have brought together 10 men from across the country to take part in a naked calendar.
Maggie decided to raise funds for the palliative care unit in Dundee because her friend Jimmy Cosgrove, 60, has been receiving care there for the past year.
Maggie said: “About five years ago, my husband’s best friend Jimmy was told he had prostate cancer and now he is receiving end of life care after being diagnosed with terminal anal cancer.
“We thought we should help the centre.”
Maggie had the idea to create the cheeky calendar after seeing one of her female friends pose for another naked calendar for charity.
She added: “I put a post on Facebook and got an amazing response from lots of guys wanting to do it.
“A lot of the guys brought their own props, one brought a sporran, one brought along his football and one brought a Santa hat.
“I just met some of the guys for the first time on the night.
“They came from all over, one from Peterhead and one from Glasgow.”
Maggie and James have several friends who have been cared for at Roxburghe House.
Maggie said: “I would like to put some money back into Roxburghe because the people of Dundee know the centre – everyone knows someone who’s been in there.
“I know a lot of people who have lived the last days of their life there.
“We want to raise as much awareness as we possibly can.”
Maggie is still looking for a sponsor to cover the costs of the calendar’s production.
She has been really pleased with the positive response from the public and hopes to start selling the calendar within the next fortnight.
Maggie said: “It gives you a boost when you get a good response from the public and you get a lot of banter.”
Maggie’s husband James will be one of the models featuring in the calendar.
He said: “I just wanted to help out. Roxburghe House is a cause close to my heart – we know quite a few people who have stayed in there.”
Jimmy, who is from Linlathen, has praised his friends’ efforts.
He said: “It’s a good bit of fun – I would’ve liked to have been in it.
“It’s really good that Maggie and James are doing it for Roxburghe because the care the centre provides is tremendous.
“It is touching that they’re raising money. I’ll get my wife to buy one of the calendars.”
One of the 10 men baring all is 47-year-old Andy Eagar, a recruitment officer from Stonehaven, who had never met Maggie prior to the photoshoot.
Andy brought a snooker cue to the studio to use as a prop.
He said: “It was a little bit daunting but it was good fun.
“I was quite nervous about getting my kit off in front of strangers. I wanted to do it for a good cause because I have had a lot of changes in my life in the last year. I’ve lost three and a half stone over the last few months so I feel a lot more confident. I thought the timing was right.”
Businesses looking to advertise in the calendar or customers looking to purchase one should contact Maggie on 07543 357941.