Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…
A group of lorry drivers have stripped down and showed off what they’ve got for a naked calendar.
The drivers are part of a group called Drivers4Defibs, which produces the calendar every year to raise money for Lincolnshire charity LIVES.
This year the group had some special company as two women posed for the calendar for the first time, while a film crew from Channel 5 also filmed the proceedings for use in a TV show later in the year.
Neil Donner, who lives in Sleaford, said the group had had a huge amount of fun shooting the calendar and had even managed to lure along two ladies to join them this year.
“The people who took part were great,” he said. “They came on a Sunday – on their day off – in what we’ll call ‘reasonable’ weather!”
The group were accompanied by a film crew from Channel 5 which is looking to feature them on a new show coming out this Autumn.
“I received an email from Crackit Productions saying they’d like to film us making the calendar for a programme called 101 Truckers,” Neil said. “They’d asked us if we were doing the calendar and if they could film it. It was a lot of pressure, but fortunately everybody came together.
“They ‘wired’ us up, filmed us as we were getting ready for it, as were were shooting it and afterwards. They asked us why we became lorry drivers – I think my answer surprised them! They were brilliant.”
For Neil, the calendar is about more than a bit of fundraising, it’s his way of giving back to the charity which saved the lives of both his wife and his daughter.
First responders from the charity came to help his wife, Sally, when she was hit by a car at the age of 12, while the charity also donated a piece of specialist equipment which helped save the life of his daughter, Sophia.
“We did our first calendar to raise money for a defibrillator for Shop Sleaford,” he said. “Then we decided for it become a fundraiser for LIVES. Without them I wouldn’t have my wife or my daughter, who are completely my life.
“We had 60 pre-orders and there are about 30 left. All the money raised goes into a big pot which we hand over at the end of the year. We want to raise £3,000 by the end of the year.”
If you would like one of the Drivers4Defibs calendars, get in touch at their Facebook page here.