A GROUP of Ribble Valley women have come up with a new twist on the naked calendar charity fundraiser.

The 12 ladies have produced raffle tickets bearing just their legs.

Contestants are challenged to match the legs to pictures of their faces displayed on the calendar’s cover in Ribchester shops.

The answers will be revealed during a special event later this month when the full calendar will be revealed.

In the meantime, residents are snapping up tickets – and eyeing up contestants.

The idea was first mooted by the owner of the village sandwich shop, Janis Whitlock, and her neighbour, Billy Sharples, in a bid to raise cash for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation after they both lost close relatives to the disease.

She said: “It’s quite funny because people are walking round staring at our legs and they keep coming into the shop and asking to have a look at mine.

“It really is a fun way of raising money for a wonderful charity.”

Mrs Whitlock, had only been married to her husband Brian for three months when he died of bowel cancer in September, last year.

The 52-year-old, said: “Brian would do anything for anybody and at his funeral the church was packed which is testament to how popular he was.

“The fundraising is a way of helping me and others whose relatives die to carry on.” Mrs Whitlock has already helped raise more than £4,000 for the cancer charity after organising a bike ride, which saw her 21-year-old son, Adam, and 11 other cyclists riding from Cardiff to Ribchester.

She added: “We wanted to give something back to the absolutely fabulous people who work at Rosemere. They are special and always seem to put themselves out for all the patients and their families.”

Billy Sharples, who helped create the calendar, lost his partner Christine and stepson, Stephen, to the disease three years ago.

The retired decorator, who lives in Fort Avenue, said: “Many of the women who took part have either beat cancer or lost a relative to it so the charity is very close to all our hearts.”

The identities of which legs belong to which women will be revealed at a special event in Ribchester Sports and Social Club, in Church Street, on September 19.

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