Lincoln accountants strip down to underwear for hospice
They are known for being good with figures, but now a group of accountants are hoping their figures will be good for raising money.
Staff from Lincoln chartered accountancy firm Streets are producing a 2014 charity calendar featuring them in their underwear.
Cash from sales of the calendar, which will be finished in November, will be donated to St Barnabas Hospice. It will cost £10 and the group hopes to raise £2,500 in total.
Streets' tax manager Erica Manderfield – who persuaded husband Andrew to pose as Mr August – explained how the suggestion came to fruition.
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"Our partner Chris Hubbard's wife Kerry and I came up with the idea at a company function and when I asked our chairman and managing partner, Paul Tutin, for permission he said to go ahead," she said.
"In fact, he's Mr April!"
Streets is a top 40 UK firm of chartered accountants, tax specialists and personal financial advisers, with 11 branches and a £15 million turnover.
And Mr Tutin confirmed that he was keen to join his team as they shed their suits and each donned a pair of Streets branded boxer shorts to have their pictures taken in some unusual locations – all for a good cause.
"St Barnabas Hospice is a charity that provides comfort, care and relief for cancer patients in Lincolnshire, while helping them retain the best quality of life," Mr Tutin said.
"The work, care and support of St Barnabas has touched many of our lives including family members and colleagues at our firm.
"In recognition of this, we thought doing a charity calendar and something outside of our comfort zone would be an excellent way of recognising what St Barnabas does and, at the same time, helping to raise funds for this worthy cause.
"A calendar is an ideal all-year-reminder, although some months look more promising than others in terms of the photos.
"Few of us are likely to be giving up the accountancy profession for a career in modelling."
Mr March, Ben Robinson, 25, is an accounts senior who is keen on most sports.
"I was photographed fishing on the Brayford in just my underpants," he said. "And I got quite a few funny looks."
IT support man David Holmes, 27, was snapped just outside the office in Lincoln's Lucy Tower Street.
"I was covered in IT equipment and not too many people saw me, but it was a little embarrassing," said Mr February.
Partner James Pinchbeck, 49, chose his location due to a previous fundraising triumph.
"Last year I rode from Lincoln to London via Oxford for the cathedral and raised £1,500," Mr May added.
"So I was pictured on my bike in the gardens near Lincoln Cathedral. But I didn't take it too seriously."
To order your calendar visit www.streetsweb.co.uk/calendarboys or call Erica Manderfield on 01522 551200.