Seven female horse-riding students, from Leed University’s Equestrian Society, stripped down to their underwear and riding boots to bare all for charity calendar for the Otley and District Riding for the Disabled charity.
Since the girls pictures appeared online, they have become official mascots for a battalion of soldiers currently on a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Society treasurer, Emily Du Luart, 20, said: ‘I want to be able to know that we made a significant difference to people who can’t do anything like this a lot.
‘We ride whenever we can, so however much we raise and can give to charity it will make a difference to those that can’t otherwise do it.
‘We weren’t nervous about taking our clothes off, we were more worried about the fact that it was three degrees. We were really quite cold. There won’t be any awkward moments between us now.’
After a short period online a member of Company A, Fifth Battalion The Rifles got in touch.
The girls sent signed calendars and letters to the soldiers in a bid to boost morale, as the soldiers have since embarked on a six-month tour of Afghanistan.
Emily, who studies history, said: ‘We weren’t expecting it at all and were extremely honoured, proud and flattered to be asked.
‘We are all interested in helping and are happy to support in any way we can. We are now their official mascots for the six months – we’ve all been assigned a specific rifleman who is going to write back to us.
‘We are obviously really supportive of them so we’re delighted we can sort of officially be linked with them.’
Emily and Laura feature in the calendar along with Sophie Dunstan, Polly Young, Alice Geddes, Abi Bishop and Sophie McHugh.
They have had 250 copies made and the printers are on standby in case the orders flood in.