Strip off for charity? We’ll give it a try

THEY might not be everyone’s idea of scrum-ptious pin-ups, but 18 rugby players agreed to grin and bare it this week in aid of a worthy cause.

Blyth Rugby Club are helping to raise money for Carl’s Trust by taking part in the photoshoot for a naked calendar for next year.

The trust was set up by Lynn Robinson after her 13-year-old son Carl was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the neck, chest and lung last year.

One of the fundraising events she has lined up for the charity is the naked calendar, and the rugby players did not think twice about stepping up and stripping off to help.

Team captain Tony Stephenson said: “Me and a couple of the lads filled in for one picture, but we wanted to make more of an effort from the club’s point of view, so all the lads agreed to take part in it.

“We wanted to do something that was going to help the young lad. That’s the reason we are doing it.

“Everyone was up for it straight away as we knew it was going to go towards helping someone.”

Carl’s mum Lynn, of Chase Meadows in Blyth, is overwhelmed by the generosity of those who have come forward to help her raise funds.

She said: “We started fundraising to keep me and Michael going.

“When Carl was getting his treatment, we couldn’t seem to focus on anything and didn’t know how we were going to get through it.

“Carl inspired us to keep going and do something.

“The generosity of local people has just been amazing.”

The autistic teenager, a pupil at Cleaswell Hill School in Guide Post, is determined to fight the disease despite suffering a setback in July after picking up pneumonia.

Other fundraising events the family are planning include a sponsored slim and a charity ball on Saturday, December 3, at Morpeth’s Riverside Lodge.

Proceeds from the calendar will also go to North East Children’s Cancer Research.