Twelve women bore all on camera, as part of a charity event in aid of a farmer’s son who is battling a rare illness, as reported by fginsight.com.
The calendar was launched to help pay for the attention of the young boy, who requires around the clock 24-hour care. The boy, Billy Goulding, is aged 5 and the son of a beef farmer from Co. Tipperary. Billy has been ill since collapsing at his home whilst playing with his sister, almost two and a half years ago.
The boy was immediately rushed to hospital but had lost movement in his arms and legs by then. The cause of the paralysis is an inflammation of the spinal cord, Transverse Myelitis, meaning he is now paralysed from the chin down.
Tractor Fanatic Billy Goulding is in need of constant supervision, amid fears his breathing tube may block. Recently Billy has seen improvements in his condition, and is now able to move his arm and breath for a time without help.
As part of his treatment Billy must travel to England twice a year, for rehabilitation. This is carried out in Stoke Mandeville hospital, but his care is costly for the family.
"Billy is tractor mad. He gets so excited when he sees a tractor.” said his mum Eileen.
"His favourite is blue - New Holland. His dad Victor has a blue tractor. That’s where we got the idea of a tractor calender to raise funds for Billy as he has a serious journey ahead of him in rehabilitation.” she added.
“He is getting movement in his left arm, he can lift his arm up and slap it down. His brain is 100 per cent, he’s so intelligent and so happy. she continued.
Eileen said Billy’s speech has even improved and says he has developed his own way of communication.
“He has his own way of communicating, we can understand him and his speech has come on. He is unbelievable, he’s a little soldier. she said.
“We’re hoping and hoping and praying for more movement. When I see a child in a wheelchair being able to move their arms, that’s my dream. she added.
The family have begun fundraising efforts to pay for Billy’s care and they have raised almost half of their €50,000 target (€23,000). The money raised is used to pay for treatment (physio and reflexology) as well as helping make the family home more accessible for Billy .
Billy’s mother took part in the nude calendar, which she says was great fun and a real “girlie day”.
“It was a great day out, we all got our makeup done, and I did our hair, was a real girlie day.” she told the Irish Sun.
In total 12 women took part in the saucy snaps, though the cold weather wasn’t to put them off.
“It was absolutely Baltic, we were freezing but the adrenalin and the craic made us feel warm….Billy is the most beautiful child you’ve ever seen, you’d fall in love with him the minute you met him.” said one of the ladies.
“Everyone asks us: ‘Were we naked?’ And we tell them the same thing, ‘It’s up to yourself to decide.” she added.
“It’s not X-rated, it’s purely for the craic.” she concluded.
A great charitable event for a great cause, if you would like to help Tipperary’s Billy you can donate to the cause www.gofundme.com/2hpbsdw or to buy a calendar visit Billy’s Recovery Story on Facebook.