Rugby players get down to the bare essentials

The calendar will help raise funds for charity and the rugby club.
The calendar will help raise funds for charity and the rugby club.

A CHEEKY calendar to help raise funds for a charity set up in memory of an Eastbourne teenager is on sale.

Players and colleagues at Eastbourne Rugby Football Club have stripped off for the good cause but have preserved their modesty with some strategically placed props.

The calendar is in aid of the charity You Raise Me Up, which was set up by the family of Megan Brooks, who died shortly before her 18th birthday in May this year.

Her father Fraser, chairman of Eastbourne Rugby Club, wife Jane and son Oliver formed the organisation which is to support families that have suffered the loss of a teenage child.

As well as helping people financially the charity also offers support and compassion.

Fraser said his daughter’s service came to £6,000 and that parents and friends helped with the cost as it was a sum of money neither he or Jane had.

Since her death a number of fundraisers have been organised and now rugby players, directors and committee members at Eastbourne RFC have been getting their kit off to boost the charity’s coffers and also raise funds for the club too.

Fraser said, “It’s a little bit cheeky but not to the point where anything is on show.

“It’s been hilarious, it’s amazing how modest and shy they can be when just wearing a pair of rugby socks.”

Fraser said he was ‘overwhelmed’ by the support of the club. The Brooks’ have already supported two families through the You Raise Me Up charity and are hoping that funds from the sale of the calendar will help others in need.

The calendar, called ‘The Bare Men of Bourne’ costs £10 and to place your order email: or visit the website: for more information.