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Nobody has given me a sensible reason to keep my clothes on!

Issues with body confidence are a part of everyday life… but not for this 68 year old.

Meet Richard

Issues with body confidence are part of everyday life for many these days, but there are some who are more comfortable in their own skin.

When we arrived at Richard’s campsite on the outskirts of Bristol, he greets us at the gate with a beaming smile and a self-assurance that comes with age… and probably naturism.

It becomes clear from the start that Richard is at peace with who he is and what he looks like, as he strides around in the buff, tending to his patch of land. But where does all that body confidence come from?

‘I don’t know what came first, the freedom or the naturism. I think it comes from my upbringing. My parents weren’t naturists but they didn’t have complexes about their bodies. I never had that initial hang up that being naked was somehow funny. I think youngsters particularly nowadays have big issues about body image, which is an awful shame because we change shape as we go through life.’

richard over-50s naturist

After a life working in high powered office-based positions, Richard now splits his time between his home by the harbour in Bristol and his naturist campsite, cutting hedges, laying bricks, and tending to his plot of vegetables.

‘When I was about 50-55, I gave up full time working and could really do the things I wanted to do. Things have become less stressful and that’s made a huge difference. I mean, this is work to a certain extent – I’m lugging things around and doing manual labour but it isn’t work for me because I'm not stressed.’

But it’s not just the campsite that takes up his time. Richard still drives HGVs around Europe, as well as being a life model.

‘I’ve been modelling for over 50 years! I had a girlfriend when I was in my teens and she wanted to draw me. I suppose there’s an exhibitionist in me so it grew from there… and people are still happy to pay me to take my clothes off! I think that’s wonderful at 68. (grins)’

Despite his young-at-heart attitude to life, Richard still talks about funeral planning with his wife.

‘My wife says to me “your funeral is going to be so easy to arrange – you’ll go into a wickerwork coffin with no clothes on!” (laughs)… and we’ll probably have an open lid!’

Richard driving a sit on lawn mower naked

So, why is he a naturist?

‘People are always asking me why I’m a naturist! I’m rebellious. I’m a rebel. If someone tells me that you mustn’t do that, unless there’s a logical reason why, I kinda go “no, that’s stupid”. It’s not about taking my clothes off; it’s just that no one has given me a sensible reason for keeping them on!’

It was rebellion which made him open up his land to other naturists, after a fellow naturist explained that planning permission wasn’t needed if he registered the campsite with British Naturism

‘I thought “wow, that’ll really go down well with the parish council!” (laughs) and that’s how it started! We’ve had people from Holland, we’ve had people from all over… It’s slowly building up and it takes time but it’s fun.’

It becomes clear quickly that having fun sits high on Richard’s list of priorities these days, and we couldn’t agree with him more.

‘One of my old bosses said to me one day “when it stops being fun, stop doing it.” And he’s absolutely right. Nothing’s hard work if you’re enjoying it, nothing’s a pain if it’s fun.’

Posted on 10 March 2017

SunLife offers a range of straightforward and affordable products including over 50s life insurance, funeral plans, equity release, pet insurance, home insurance, car insurance, ISAs and Will writing services.

Here's the information that you need to know about who we are and the other companies that we work with in order to provide our products and services.

Who are SunLife?

Phoenix Life Limited trades as SunLife and is the provider of the Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, SunLife Insurance and the life insurance policy payment option for Funeral Plans. Phoenix Life Limited’s registered office is at 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 1016269). 

SunLife Limited distributes financial products and services and is a company limited by shares, registered office: 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 05460862). SunLife Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is entered on the Financial Services Register (registration no. 769427).

You can contact us by post at SunLife, PO Box 1395, Peterborough, PE2 2TR or by phone on 0800 008 6060.

If you choose to add Funeral Benefit Option to your Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services, registered office: 4 King Edwards Court, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP (registered in England and Wales, No. 00041598). Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

Who provides the Funeral Plans?

Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services, registered office: 4 King Edwards Court, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP (registered in England and Wales, No. 00041598). Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

The life insurance policy that pays for your funeral will be provided by Phoenix Life Limited, trading as SunLife.

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My Smarter (ISA) is provided by Scottish Friendly Asset Managers Limited. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Details can be found on the Financial Services register, registration No. 188832. Member of The Investment Association. Registered Office: Scottish Friendly House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4HJ.

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Hugh James is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA Number:303202).

The information contained on this website is based on Hugh James' understanding of the law of intestacy in England and Wales only as at April 2014. The law in Scotland and Northern Ireland is significantly different. This is for information purposes and is not intended to be legal advice.

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SunLife Family Life Insurance is provided by Scottish Friendly Assurance Society Limited which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Details can be found on the Financial Services register (registration number 110002). Registered Office: Scottish Friendly House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4HJ. 

Who provides SunLife Pet Insurance

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