Warm-hearted staff and students from Edge Hill University braved the December chill by stripping off for a charity run with a difference.

The cheeky group took to the streets of Ormskirk in bikinis, trunks and beach towels to raise funds for charities including Cancer Research, Tourettes Research, North West Ambulance, Motor Neurone Disease and an Edge Hill student in need of help and support.

Earlier this year student Dom Chadwick suffered a broken neck in an accident while on holiday in Thailand. He is currently recovering at the Spinal Injuries Unit in Southport, although it is hoped that he may be able to spend a few nights at home over the Christmas holiday.

Up to 30 game participants, include some local residents, ran the one-and-a-half-mile route from Disraeli’s wine bar in Ormskirk town centre to the campus in the Almost Nude event.

Organiser Mark Whitby, a third year Edge Hill student in Primary Education said: “This is the third time we have run the event and it gets bigger all the time. This year we encouraged a good few of our international students to take part too, including those from Brazil, Gibraltar and the USA. They think it’s great fun.

“We hoped to bring a smile to the faces of people in Ormskirk and at the same time give a welcome Christmas boost to a wide range of worthwhile charitable causes.

“Last year we raised more than £500 and this year we hope to beat that by reaching more than £1,000.

“We always get a great reaction from local people. It’s not quite what you expect to see in the middle of December while you are wrapped up doing your Christmas shopping.”