Sunderland MMA fighters bare all for charity calendar

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TOUGH guys have laid themselves bare for an eye-catching charity calendar.

Mixed martial arts fighters and Brazilian ju-jitsu experts from The Dungeon BJJ Academy in Castletown turned models for the day to raise funds for toddler Bradley Lowery.

The Dungeon owner Aaron Naisbet and MMA fighter Jorra Bassi were among those to strike a pose for the calendar which aims to help the two-year-old in his fight against a rare cancer.

The Blackhall youngster’s family is hoping to raise £500,000 for treatment in the US to fight any relapse of neuroblastoma.

Lisa Naisbet, who organised the calendar, said: “I used to work with Bradley’s mam and nana so I knew all about what he’s gone through and we wanted to do something to help.

“My husband Aaron owns The Dungeon and we asked some of the fighters if they would be interested in being in a calendar and everyone was really keen.

“Me and photographer Angy Ellis directed the shoot on the day and helped them with their poses using the equipment in the gym, it’s all very tongue in cheek.”

She added: “We had a lot of help from sponsors who sponsored individual months.”

Bradley Lowery is one of 100 children who will be diagnosed with the aggressive childhood cancer neuroblastoma this year. Tests showed it started in his adrenal glands, with tumours developing in his chest, lymph nodes, bones and bone marrow.

Doctors give those with the illness a 50/50 chance of survival, with 80 per cent of those who are declared clear expected to suffer a relapse.

n The Dungeon charity calendars are available from the gym, in Castle View, priced £7.50.