Managers at Huddersfield Healthcare trust have been branded 'prudes' after turning down £3,000 for its cancer unit raised by a group of friends stripping for a 'saucy' calendar.

They rejected funds from the calendar (pictured) because 'the risk of causing offence to even one patient was too great'.

Three members of the Kirkburton Liberal Club decided to take part in the calendar after being diagnosed with cancer.

One member, Barbara Bowman, died before work started.

Sue Hill, who took part in the calendar, which included topless pictures, said: 'We were totally shocked by the hospital's reaction.

'The money was meant for the oncology unit to help buy equipment. It is a fantastic facility and it was a way of saying thank you to all the staff there.'

She said the idea was a 'bit of a giggle'.

But the trust was not amused and decided that it was better to avoid the risk of causing offence to the cancer patients at the unit by declining the offer.

News of the trust's reaction appeared in the local paper - the Huddersfield Examiner - and there were appearances on local radio before the story reached The Sun , which branded the managers prudes.

Trust insiders said they had been unable to resolve the dilemma of whether to appear crass or prudish. One told HSJ : 'Sometimes you just have to grin and bare it.'