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Calendar girls sought to battle breast cancer in Stafford Castle

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 15, 2014

By Kerry Ashdown

Sharon Green, one of the women taking part in Saturday's photo shoot, with staff at Saffron Lingerie

Sharon Green, one of the women taking part in Saturday's photo shoot, with staff at Saffron Lingerie

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A CHARITY photographer is seeking 25 women to help raise awareness of breast cancer and funds for a vital Stafford charity.

Stafford snapper Paul Milgate has volunteered his skills to support Katharine House Hospice for the past five years.

This year he is planning two “Not the Full Monty” calendars – one featuring ladies and the other starring lads – to pull in pounds and raise awareness of breast and testicular cancers.

The male calendar is still in the planning stages, and Mr Milgate is seeking a company to help support it, but preparations are well underway for the female version and a photo shoot has been booked for Saturday.

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Mr Milgate has been given rare permission to snap his shots inside Stafford Castle.

Several have already signed up but spaces for the ticket-only event are still available and can be booked at Mill Street shop Saffron Lingerie.

Mr Milgate, 50, who works for DHL at Acton Gate, said: “This will be my 7th calendar of some kind in the last five years. All photos are done free and voluntary by myself, with all proceeds going to Katharine House Hospice.

“I have booked the inside of the castle for a photo shoot for the calendar and I’m asking for 25 ladies to come a join me for this one-off event. You will be asked to wear white jeans or trousers and a pink or red bra of some kind, as it’s a not the Rull Monty photo shoot.

“There is a small cost to this photo shoot of £15 cash and all money will go to get the first wave of the calendars printed. You will get an exclusive 5x7 photo free, courtesy of Stafford Photo Centre in Salter Street.

“The first lady to put her name on the list was Sharon Green. Sharon also got 10 per cent off at Saffron as she bought a bra for the shoot and Saffron will do that for anyone else who buys a bra when they sign up for the castle shoot.

“Come join us for an emotional, fun filled photo-shoot to help beat cancer.”

On the day Mr Milgate will be accompanied by female assistants, and he will be the only man inside the castle during the photoshoot.

Parking will be available at the castle site, off Newport Road, but women are advised to wear flat shoes as they will need to walk up the hill to the castle.

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