Club reveal new strip 
to raise cash for Callum

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Football fans have joined players and directors to strip off for a naked calendar shoot to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.

Blyth Spartans have incorporated the footballers, directors, staff and supporters of the club in a charity calendar to raise cash to support one of their top fans.

Nine-year-old Callum Brown, who suffers from cerebral palsy, underwent a pioneering operation in January to give him the chance to walk unaided.

The operation was paid for by donations from members of the public, and now fundraising work is ongoing to help Callum, from Seaton Sluice, pay for the physiotherapy that he needs to build the muscles in his legs.

Callum’s mum Sharon said the family, through their Callum’s Wish to Walk charity, are now raising funds to get Callum a specially adapted bike, and it is hoped the sales from the calendar will go towards the bike. “We are really grateful to everyone that has bared all to help raise money for Callum,” she said.

“I did offer to take the photos but for some reason they turned me down.”

Manager of the clubhouse, Tracy Turner, added: “From the hottest fit footballer, to our loyal supporters some of whom are in their 70s, everyone bared all.

“These pieces of art are to go on sale to raise funds for Callum Brown and his wish to walk appeal. It has been really heart-warming that everyone has got involved and given their time and energy for such a good cause.”

The images were taken by Serenity Photography Ltd, and the calendars will be available from Friday, October 11, from the club and in shops around Blyth.