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Getting their barings on the local terrain

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 26, 2012

  • The Camelford Nude Calendar For MS Pictured are some of thos who posed for the special calendar and holding them with the photograph they were in showing. Back Row L to R: Kaye Symons, Karen Perry, Helen Connoly and Colin Goodman. Front Row: Kirsty Ferguson, David Withers, Shirley Ferguson and Karen Porter. Missng from Photoshoot: Wendy & Vegas Pradine, Helen Ward, Michelle Hewitt, Bonnie Grills, Rob Rotchell and Maggie Ginger. Picture David Fllower.

  • The Camelford Nude Calendar For MS Charity. Photo taken on Saturday morning October 13th 2012 in the Camelford Hall. Colin Goodman, grabs the £10 note from Claire Baird, who has just paid her £7.50 for a copy of THE Calendar. Picture David Fllower.

  • BROLLY GOOD: Kirsty Ferguson, who had the idea for the calendar hides behind her umbrella at Bowithick.

  • FREEZING: Helen Ward explores a stream near the old Stannon clay works.

  • UNCHAINED: There's no sign of a chain of office as Camelford's mayor prepares to start climbing Roughtor.

  • Sea View: The vista at Trebarwith Strand looks better when you have no clothes on.

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A WOMAN from North Cornwall has persuaded people to strip off and become Calendar Girls – or boys – to raise money for a charity which has a special meaning for her.

Kirsty Ferguson, from Camelford, has produced the calendar for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, having been diagnosed with the condition two years ago.

Her calendar features photographs of the countryside and beauty spots around Camelford with something extra included – bare flesh as people frolic around in fields, streams or moorland with no clothes on.

It's all in the best possible taste as the naked naturists, including Camelford's mayor Rob Rotchell, form only a small part of the pictures.

Although the sun was shining for most of the pictures photographer Karen Porter from Camelford actually took them early in the year.

"It was absolutely freezing," said Kirsty. "Being naked in a moorland stream in February is not something I would recommend."

Kirsty, 37 and a mother of three, said she came up with the idea when she was down in the dumps about not being able to work because of her MS and in need of something to focus her mind on.

Now she's hoping the finished product will raise a lot of money for the society.

"The photographs show outdoor scenes around the Camelford area with a naked person in the distance," she said. "There are a couple of bottoms to be seen, but it's all very tasteful."

Kirsty has already raised £3,000 for the MS Society this year, including a cake break — getting friends to eat cake and donate money. She is hoping the calendar will raise thousands of pounds.

"Having MS was shattering, but it has made me the person I am today.

"I feel strong to face the world, and it makes you appreciate life."

The calendars can be orderded by e-mailing mesmerisingcornwall@hotmail.com or by calling Kirsty on 01840 213638.

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