Mother-of-two's nerve-wracking Lady Godiva photoshoot

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHARITABLE CAUSE: Jessica James poses for the Hot To Trot calendar, with her Shetland pony Tom Thumb. CHARITABLE CAUSE: Jessica James poses for the Hot To Trot calendar, with her Shetland pony Tom Thumb.

A MOTHER-of-two says she nearly passed out from nerves while posing naked with her rescue ponies for a Lady Godiva-style charity calendar.

Jessica James, of Topcliffe, near Thirsk, said despite having previously posed for two Hot To Trot calendars, she struggled to maintain her composure during the latest photoshoot at nearby Pickhill, where she keeps her miniature Shetland, Tom Thumb, and chestnut mare, Rav.

She said: “I don’t think you ever get used to having to take your clothes off in public, it is nerve-wracking.

“My children think it’s hilarious that I posed for the calendar, but they understand I am doing it for a good cause.”

The calendar, which features ten other riders from across the country, aims to raise funds for the Myelin Project, which works towards finding therapies for nerve damaged caused by multiple sclerosis and rare diseases affecting the brain.

Ms James, 26, said: “I have seen the difference the Myelin Project’s work to research multiple sclerosis has made to my friend’s wife who has it.

“I am proud to be a part of something so incredible and love getting involved in the community and helping out wherever I can, and if that means getting naked for a good cause, I’m all for it.”

To buy the calendar at £13.95, visit hottotrot.org or eBay.co.uk

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