Just like Factory Wokers, the British army wives have bared all for a beautiful black and white nude calendar. The Garrison Girls – wives of men from all three Armed services, hopes to raise over £60,000 for the charities Help for Heroes and Combat Stress, which assist injured and mentally scarred service personnel.
You can order your own copy here for £10 plus shipping.
Why Garrison Girls
Garrison girls are TRI- SERVICE wives and families, all ranks and units together. The idea of Garrison girls first saw the light of day in spring 2008
The driving force behind the Garrison girls is Sarah Bennett Thurston whose husband, like so many others, has served in many of the world’s trouble spots. Sarah wanted to raise money for two charities: Combat Stress and Help For Heroes . Her idea was for wives of all ranks and all units from the three services to pose nude for a professional fund raising calendar.
Internationally renowned photographer Mick Payton, who was the artistic genius behind last year’s photographs has once again created a series of stunning prints which make up Garrison girls 2010 calendar.
The original calendar raised several thousand pounds for the charities (with money still coming in.. total to be announced soon!) and we are hoping that 2010 will be even more successful.
The girls who feature in the Garrison girls 2010 calendar are all different to those involved with 2009 and yet again none of them had any previous experience of modelling. To pose nude was daunting, but all the girls knew that it nothing compared to what our Husbands and friends go through on active service and their main focus was to raise money and awareness for Combat stress and Help for Heroes.
COMBAT STRESS is the leading charity specialising in the care of British Veterans who have been profoundly traumatised by harrowing experiences during their Service career and who are suffering from poor mental health as a result.
Many Veterans leave the Armed Forces with highly debilitating conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety disorders. Their problems can remain masked for years, and they and their families may be struggling to deal with matters at home. Combat Stress is able to provide two integrated services to meet Veterans’ needs:
- Dedicated, short-stay clinical treatment
- Community outreach just where it is most needed
We are currently working with almost 300 Veterans of the ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. And demand for our unique services continues to rise, with 1,257 new cases referred to us last year alone and not just from recent conflicts.
Our clients have served in every military and peace-keeping operation that British Forces have been involved in since the Second World War, including Korea, Aden, Cyprus, the Falklands, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Bosnia, the Gulf, Sierra Leone and now the Middle East.
Since our formation in 1919, Combat Stress has helped almost 100,000 Veterans, drawn from all branches and all ranks of the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force, as well as the Merchant Navy and Allied Services.
HELP FOR HEROES was launched in October 2007 out of a desire to help members of the Armed Forces who have been injured in the course of serving their country. It was borne out of an immense respect and awe for the courage, humour and professionalism of the men and women of the Armed Forces who put their lives in danger, on a regular basis, on our behalf. What was started by a small group of friends with a desire to help, quickly ignited support across the entire country. Within weeks, celebrities, politicians, sportsmen and women, and people in all walks of life were wearing wristbands to demonstrate their support for the injured, embarking on fundraising events and making donations.
As a result of this cascade of support, Help for Heroes has raised, on average, over £1 million per month to help our wounded. The majority of the money raised has been designated to build much needed rehabilitation facilities. Much of the money raised comes from events initiated not by the Help for Heroes team itself but from people across the country who, spurred on by the desire to help, have undertaken fundraising events. The events have ranged from the large to the small. But every event continues to raise money that goes to support the wounded and every event makes another statement to servicemen and women that they are appreciated and that we care.
‘This calendar is our tribute to all servicemen and women. We hope the public will help us in our support for the two charities’
Let us all try to make this charity successful!