Abs calendar raises more than £500 for charity

A calendar featuring topless male staff at the leisure centre in Bury has raised �510 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.   Pictured is Liz Spillane from the hospice holding the cheque, with Abbeycroft staff Dave Gillespie, Anthony Cullen and Adam Prescott.
A calendar featuring topless male staff at the leisure centre in Bury has raised �510 for St Nicholas Hospice Care. Pictured is Liz Spillane from the hospice holding the cheque, with Abbeycroft staff Dave Gillespie, Anthony Cullen and Adam Prescott.

A calendar featuring topless male gym staff has raised £510 for St Nicholas Hospice Care, in Bury St Edmunds.

Copies of the limited edition ‘Abs of Abbeycroft’ 2013 calendar, featuring staff from the Abbeycroft Leisure-managed centres in Bury and Haverhill in various poses in the pool, gym and track, were sold for £10 each.

All proceeds went to the hospice thanks to Haverhill photographer David Doughty, who gave his services free of charge, and sponsorship from Abbeycroft’s suppliers Matrix and Big Wave.

Cat Rayson, Abbeycroft’s communications officer, said: “We are thrilled the Abs of Abbeycroft calendar sold so well. Thank you to all the boys who took part for being such good sports and to everyone who bought a copy.”

Liz Spillane, corporate fund-raiser at the hospice, said: “St Nicholas Hospice Care is very grateful for these funds, which will help us to continue to support patients and families.”

Staff members captured in the calendar, shot last August, included: Jack Sweet, Byron Gloss, Glenn Bevan, Rhys Robinson, Danny Profit, Chris Titterington, Ryan Strong, Jake Bachelor, Matt Hickey; Anthony Cullen, Adam Prescott, Joe Watson, Carl Deeks, Dan Biddulph, David Gillespie, Gareth Thomas and Dan Reynolds.