Farmers who dare to bare

Bedfordshire Young Farmers
Bedfordshire Young Farmers

Friends of a 20-year-old who took her own life after a battle with depression have dared to bare all in her memory.

Bedfordshire Young Farmers has sold more than 1,000 calendars to raise awareness of mental illness following the death of their fellow member, Lizzie Barnes, in December 2012.

Stewkley’s budding photographer Pip Wass, 20, who has been with Leighton Buzzard Young Farmers for seven years and photographed the naked calendar, said: “I have known the Barnes’ family from a young age from participating in Pony Club and Young Farmers.

“All of us at Bedfordshire Young Farmers thought the calendar would be a great way to get everyone involved to take time to remember Lizzie, and it shows by the sheer amount of people who took part in the calendar how much Lizzie was loved in Young Farmers.

“We thought that donating money to Mind Charity would help people get the support they need.

“It was great fun to be involved in the calendar, and at the beginning I don’t think we all realised what a huge success it would actually turn out to be! I couldn’t have asked for better models, they were all very enthusiastic.”

The calendar involved 76 of the girls and boys of Bedfordshire Young Farmers between the ages of 18 and 29 years old including 16 men and women from Woburn and 12 from Leighton Buzzard.

Emily Steaggles, who organised the calendar with Pip, said: “Words cannot describe the impact Bedfordshire Young Farmers has felt from the loss of Lizzie, but by channelling that energy into something that can make such a positive impact to someone else who needs the help 
Lizzie sadly did not get to receive, we have all made a difference.”

> January features Woburn girls Sophie Smith, Clare Morton, Jenny Islip, Hannah Price, Hannah Molyneux, Elie Sear, Sophie Willmott.

May shows off Leighton Buzzard boys Dave White, Max Thorne, Pete White, Matt Alexander, John Web, Henry Hunt, Martin Larman

November (Woburn boys) Matt Kennedy, Jake Clarkson, Ainsley Jones, Jake McCloud, Roger Parrish, Josh Butten, Ed Wisson (sofa) Tom Potter, Josh Warner (Floor)

December (Leighton Buzzard girls) Beckey-Jane Wighton, Anna Taylor, Anna Stone(playing piano) Ali Mackenzie, Pip Wass (photographer for calendar). ,