Oar blimey! Boat club bares bums for charity

Members of the male and female boat club have stripped off for the annual calender which raises money for a charity of their choice. This year, the money generated from calender sales is being donated to Headway, a charity which specifies in helping people suffering from brain injuries.

The nude photography shoot took place in the university boathouse which is located in Newburn, as well as in the strength and conditioning room in the university gym. The calender will be available to purchase online from 9th November 2015, however copies will be sold on campus from 20th November onwards.

According to Will Anslow-Wilson, the Fundraising Officer and third year geography student, “Rowing is an expensive sport, particularly for students, therefore the calenders are a great way to make money for the boat club and for charity.”

Over five hundred copies of Newcastle University’s 2014 Boat Club calender were sold in seven countries which generated over £2000 for their chosen charities, Prostate Cancer UK and Breast Cancer UK.

“We’ve stepped up the quality of the photos so this year we aim to make £5000”, Wilson said. “Fundraising is an important part of the club as it raises money to keep the club afloat whilst bringing the club together. It’s fantastic that the freshers got involved as it helped them settle in and bond with the rest of the team much faster.”

The President of the boat club, Barnaby Stroud Turp, said, “It seemed daunting at first but once people got into the spirit of it, it was really fun.”

According to first-year Zoology student Yannick Thompson, “At first the shooting was a bit awkward as there were a few members of the public walking past and I didn’t know anyone particularly well. In the end I embraced it and the shoot was a great laugh.”

The images were professionally taken by Ben Tufnell of Tufnell Photography.

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