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RDS Global staff strip off to make a date for charity calendar

RDS Global staff strip off to make a date for charity calendar

Charities including ones which support people living with dementia and children with learning difficulties are set for a boost after staff from an IT solutions firm stripped off for a charity calendar.

Kind-hearted colleagues from Derby-based RDS Global got snapped for the cheeky calendar - with staff including chief executive Andy Flinn posing in nothing but a tie and socks for February.

He is also seen with an umbrella covering his modesty, alongside colleagues Jimmy Moynes and Leon Carroll in April.

The 12 charities - all chosen by the team - could benefit from a share of up to £2,500 from sales of the £5 calendar.

Mark Watson and Jon Newburn represent May and bare their chests while donning angel wings and halos to help the Annabel’s Angels charity which supports Derby families living with cancer.

Other charities to benefit include Derby-based The Hardy Group, which supports people living with dementia, and their carers - represented by September’s Danny Moynes and Mark Coates, who bared their chests and donned Laurel and Hardy-style moustaches, ties and bowler hats for the shoot.

This cause was chosen by Ann Basi, internal account manager, whose mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in November 2018 and attends with her carer.

She said:

“The charity is very hands-on and provides trips and activities. I think the calendar is a very useful thing to do, especially as dementia is apparently becoming much more prevalent in the years ahead as the population ages.”

Fellow RDS internal account manager Charlotte Borg chose to support Umbrella, which helps young people with physical, sensory, learning & behavioural disabilities and additional needs.

Charlotte, whose son has ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), said:

“I don't think there’s enough out there to help parents, carers and children themselves move forward.

“I found Umbrella very interesting in what they have to offer. Some of the charities we are helping don’t always get heard so the calendar is a great thing to do.”

Other causes benefitting from the gesture are twentytwenty, which helps young people into work, tradesperson’s charity Band of Builders, Down’s Syndrome Derby, Treetops Hospice Care, the YMCA youth charity, Children First Derby, mental health organisation Head High, Derby Quad cultural charity and Derbyshire Cricket Foundation.

Andy said:

“Due to the good charity causes, it was an easy decision for staff to decide they were involved. The most difficult part was deciding which charities to pick as there are so many good causes out there! We decided to keep it close to home and focus on the ones close to the hearts of the RDS staff. 

“I had always wanted to do an RDS calendar. After about a year of subtle hints, jokes and elusive concepts, I finally announced it was real – the date for the photo shoot was confirmed.”

He added:

“The photographs have turned out great – they represent exactly what RDS are about: happiness, laughter and never say no to a challenge!”

The calendars will be available from RDS’s offices at Century House, Friar Gate, Derby, with other locations to be confirmed.

They were designed and printed for free by Little Eaton-based Mercia Image, with Luke Smith from Think3 design agency taking the pictures.


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