‘Silly’ grandma strips for calendar while fighting cancer on lockdown
Hazel Sargent is a first-time calendar girl at 80.
Stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hazel, from Essex, England, claims she was “bored” when she decided to place her newly purchased produce just so on her nude body. Since March, the grandmother has been forced into strict social isolation due to her bone cancer diagnosis, which puts her at a higher risk of being infected by the coronavirus.
She suddenly figured her fresh veggies could help cook up the perfect striptease to raise cash for charity.
“We’d had our delivery from Sainsbury’s, and I spotted there were two large bits of broccoli and a great big bunch of bananas,” she told Eastnews Press Agency. “I’m a bit silly really but I just had a flash of inspiration, so I gave [my husband] Bob a shout, ‘Can you come and take some photos, please?’ ”
Her dutiful shutterbug hubby decided their backyard garden, secluded from neighbors, was the perfect backdrop for an earthy photo shoot — shots from which would spawn the new Upminster Golf Club 2021 Charity Calendar, to raise money for a nearby hospice. For £10 ($13), donors receive Hazel’s 12 months of seasonally inspired images in which she sports little more than branches, bunny ears or balloons.
“I’d never ever done anything like this before in my life,” said the newly crowned cheesecake queen, who has missed spending her free time on the greens lately. “It all just started out as a way of making my pals at the golf club laugh as I wasn’t able to get out.”
It was a bold move considering the club has a strict dress code. “I was a bit worried that some of the members at the club wouldn’t be keen,” she admitted.
However, her saucy stunt was a hit among friends, who called it “tastefully done” and encouraged her to send more.
“It certainly helped beat the boredom of lockdown,” she said.
Bob, 83, called the project “really good fun.”
“I’m very proud of Hazel,” said the retired scaffolder. “We all need a smile on our faces at the moment, as life has been tough for us all — hopefully this will help people do that.”
“My children are really proud of me,” Hazel added. “I think they couldn’t quite believe it when I told them what I was up to.”
For now, anyone who wants to peep Hazel’s parts will have to wait as Upminster’s first run of 100 copies has already sold out. Meanwhile, Hazel has raised an additional £1,650 ($2,180) from donors who told her to “keep the calendar.”
“I wasn’t really sure whether I should be offended or not,” she said. “But it’s all good fun.”
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