Bateman Sprayers produce charity calendar to support YANA
Take 13 guys with nothing to lose except their clothing, add a series of messages designed to promote mental wellbeing within the agricultural and rural community and there you have it; ‘Naked Truths’, the first and probably the only Bateman calendar of its kind.
During one balmy Saturday in October, thirteen of Bateman’s finest assembled at the factory keen to strip off for a good cause, or in some cases just keen to strip off. With a nod, a wink and a few excuse me’s each of Bateman’s would-be models stepped up, disrobed and smiled for the camera.
However, behind the smiles there’s a serious message. Working in agriculture and the countryside is usually a good way of life but it is a demanding and stressful occupation. So, it’s not surprising that many people involved with agriculture can feel isolated, depressed or unable to cope as well as normal.
Teaming up with YANA (You Are Not Alone) Bateman are hoping to raise awareness and at the same time help the charity. The calendar is available to purchase via YANA’s Just Giving page with proceeds going towards funding the charity’s vital work – providing confidential support and funded counselling, building understanding of mental health, investing in mental health first aid training and suicide prevention.
Carl Goff, Bateman’s Technical Sales Manager covering Southern England, also known as ‘Mr January’ commented: “Farming is enjoyable but can be hard work and mentally draining at times. We want to raise awareness that there is support available, specifically for the farming community, and if this calendar helps one person find the help they need right now or in the future, then I feel it was definitely worth all the effort.”
YANA’s Charity Manager Emma Haley added: “We are delighted to join up with the team at Bateman’s to produce this calendar. Yes, it’s a fun calendar, but it models the importance of being vulnerable and bearing all, with people we trust, for the sake of looking after our mental health. The money raised will help provide funded counselling for people who are already struggling.”