Cheeky calendar helps raise cash for diabetes charity

Richard and Lydia Clayton
Richard and Lydia Clayton

A woman whose husband has diabetes has persuaded friends and family to bare all for a fundraising calendar.

Lydia Clayton’s husband Richard has Type 1 diabetes so they decided to do something to help charity and raise awareness of the condition.

Lydia, of Burton Latimer, said: “Having previously taken part in a calendar for breast cancer last year, we thought that we could use the idea to raise money and awareness for Diabetes UK.

“Richard has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes for 11 years now and it was important to us to do something for the charity.

“Many of our models have or have close friends and family who have diabetes.

“After the initial challenge of finding willing enough models and locations, the calendar eventually took shape.

“With the help of Eclipse, on Telford Way, we have managed to produce the calendar in time to sell as many as possible before the new year.”

Richard said: “We want to raise awareness of diabetes. A lot of people think you get it because of your lifestyle or because you’re overweight but type 1 is genetic, there’s nothing I could have done to prevent it.

“I inject myself four times a day and eat pretty much what I want.

“I was diagnosed after I went to the doctor’s for a check-up because I was tired all the time and losing weight, and going to the toilet a lot. It was a steep learning curve at first.”

The calendar costs £7, which includes postage and packing, and the money raised goes to Diabetes UK.

Copies of the calendar are available by emailing