Hampstead rugby ladies get their kit off for charity calendar

With the new year almost upon us, rugby players from Hampstead Ladies braved nippy conditions to get their kit off for a charity calendar.

Hampstead Heath users would have been all of a flutter to see the handsome women posing near Parliament Hill athletics track for their New Year calendar.

Using an Olympic theme, members of the club’s two teams lifted weights and threw themselves into the long-jump pit to raise money for the club and Anthony Nolan charity which helps to treat people with blood cancer.

Club captain Debbie Crossan told Heathman: “We took the shots in the middle of the morning on the Heath when the juniors and the minis were just starting on the hill, so we had to try and keep away from them. We had one guy come over and say we had made his day.”

The calendars cost �8 and �2 from every sale is donated to Anthony Nolan. To buy a calendar email hampsteadladies@gmail.com.

But if racy calendars are a little too risque to hang in the home, the City of London Corporation’s calendar of stunning views of Hampstead Heath might help settle racing pulses.

The 2012 calendar which features snapshots of the ponds, Kenwood House and other features of the Heath through the seasons, will raise money for the children’s wildlife club which uses its open spaces for hands-on education.

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Michael Welbank, chairman of City of London Corporation’s Hampstead Heath committee, said: “Heath users know that the magnificent visual scenes captured on Hampstead Heath are unmatched anywhere in London.

“We’re all looking forward to 2012 here at the Heath and this beautiful calendar is the perfect way for the family to plan for the year ahead.”

The calendar costs �9 and money raised will go towards the Rookie Rangers Wildlife Club, for children aged 8-12 which regularly meets on the Heath to explore its wilder side.

The calendar is available for purchase at www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/hampstead