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Disabled calendar in high demand

4th January 2007

A calendar featuring a group of disabled people posing naked has become a hit – seeing orders flooding in from around the world.

Fourteen men and women affected by conditions ranging from cerebral palsy to blindness stripped off and posed naked in their wheelchairs or in soft lighting in an attempt to challenge stereotypes.

The innovative idea from charity Paul's Place has also proved popular on the high street. Calendars are being sold in local Waterstone's chains and a national exhibition is set for next year.

"We've been on French radio and the World Service and had orders from Germany, Spain, America and Nigeria, it's been amazing," Kath Aldom, 50, founder of Paul's Place, told the Press Association.

"We weren't very sure it would work. What we were trying to do was something that wasn't giggly or silly. It had quite an important message.

"It was very risky and for a few weeks before the launch I didn't sleep. But now I'm having no problems in that department."

Paul's Place has around 100 members and aims to improve the social life of older people in Gloucestershire.

Calendars are available from the Paul's Place website for £15.