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

RDS Global staff strip off to make a date for charity calendar
11/12/2019

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

By Phil

Charities including ones which support people living with dementia and children with learning difficulties are set for a boost after staff from RDS Global stripped off for a charity calendar, including our very own Chief Executive, Andy Flinn, posing in nothing but a tie and socks for February. Andy can also be seen making an appearance in April with an umbrella covering his modesty along with Jimmy Moynes and Leon Carroll.

The calendar is supporting 12 charities, all selected by the RDS team, who will be benefiting from a share of up to £2,500 which is our target to raise from sales of the calendar which is on sale now at £5 each.

Mark Wilson and Jon Newburn represent May and bare their chests whilst donning angel wings and halos in support of 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 in a Laurel and Hardy style shoot including moustaches, ties and bowler hats.

This cause was selected by Ann Basi, 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 more prevalent in the years ahead as the population ages.’

Fellow RDS Account Manager, Charlotte Borg, chose to support Umbrella, which helps young people with physical, sensory, learning and 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 support 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 are twentytwenty, which helps young people into work, tradespersons 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 wanted to be 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 our 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 are now available from the RDS offices at Century House, Friar Gate, Derby, with other locations to be confirmed.

They were designed and printed for free by Little Easton-based Mercia Image, with Luke Smith from think3 design agency taking the pictures.

To find out more visit our just giving link at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rds-2020-calendar

To email the team for orders, please contact: marketing@rds.global

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