Bury St Edmunds: Rugby players get their kit off for a good cause

Rugby Club Calendar in Bury St Edmunds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Rugby Club Calendar in Bury St Edmunds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. - Credit: Archant

Burly rugby players have been getting their kit off for a good cause.

For Bury St Edmunds club members are hoping to raise money for the club – and a cancer charity.

With the help of local businesses and photographic firm Allison Johnson Pictures, players of all shapes and sizes, and both sexes, have been posing before the camera for two fundraising calendars.

One features the first team, through to the ladies and juniors, and will be raising money for the club and Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the second, which has images just of the first team, will go towards the cancer charity.

Laura Hudson, chairman of Suffolk Breakthrough Breast Cancer, is the driving force behind the initiative.

She said: “I’ve had so many people say to me you’ve got to try and get a calendar created with the guys from the rugby club and the photoshoots have now been completed.

“We hope to have them printed over the coming weeks so they will be available in the shops come September.”

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Backing has come from Kris Fresh Designs, in Thurston, who are designing the calendars, and Kingfisher Press, in Bury, who are printing them.

There are plans to produce up to 1,000 in total with a pink theme running throughout to tie in with the cancer charity.

Photo shoots have been taking place at the rugby club’s base at The Haberden, in Southgate Green; Northgate Motors; and the West Suffolk College. The club calendar features different elements for each month including the 16-plus training in the gym, the ladies in pink kit, the Colts and the Seniors with pink flashing bunny ears; the Under-12s, 14-year-olds, Veterans, 13-year-olds, under-6s and the West Suffolk Academy in pink wigs; 15-year-olds with fireworks and pink sparklers; and the Seniors, under the title X-Factor, will have the players in all states of undress and poses – but with them all wearing pink tutus.