A SAUCY novel is the inspiration for a charity calendar with a difference.

Fans of DH Lawrence's classic Lady Chatterley's Lover will identify with the calendar, which features ladies with their gamekeepers.

But unlike Lady Chatterley and Oliver Mellors in the 1928 novel, the models all keep their clothes on.

The calendar is the work of Helen Benson, of West Tanfield, near Ripon.

She has spent a year compiling pictures of gentry and their staff across the country posed in everyday situations.

Among those posing is Lady Emma Ingilby, of Ripley Castle, North Yorkshire, and Lord James Percy, of Northumberland.

The end result of 15 shots is being sold to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Research and the Gamekeepers' Welfare Trust.

An initial run of 3,000 calendars, which features photographs by John Eveson, has been printed.

Mrs Benson said: "It has been really good fun to do and everyone has been wonderful.

"People have been joking about it being like Lady Chatterley's Lover, but it is a bit different and my models are all fully clothed.

"The models have been absolutely fantastic and the biggest problem has been the timing to fit in with people.

"This has been an exciting project which has been well-supported by organisations involved in country sports.

"I got sponsorship to cover the cost of the calendar, and so all of the funds will go towards the charities.

"We hope to raise valuable funds for both charities and really make a difference."

Mrs Benson set up the Gamekeepers' Welfare Network in 2005 to help deal with issues facing the trade.

Talks are ongoing to link the network with the Gamekeepers' Welfare Trust to continue the work.

The calendar will go on sale next month, priced £10. It will be available at shows around the country, including the Great Yorkshire Show, at Harrogate.

It is also available by calling 01677-470180 or emailing gamekeeperwtrust@btinternet.

com Anyone who buys the calendar can enter a prize draw to win a suit made by Carter Country Wear, of Helmsley, North Yorkshire.