Why a group of Mansfield men are 'getting naked for the NHS'

With the whole world focused on the NHS during the coronavirus crisis, this group of men have decided to do what they can to help.

Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 7:41 am
Updated Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 1:09 pm

Back in 2014 a group of Mansfield men got together for a naked calendar and raised more than £5,500 for Fountaindale School in Mansfield, and this year they have set their sights higher.

Shaun Eden-Taylor whose son George went to Fountaindale, explains: “It was a great success and an honour to raise money for such a great cause.“The original gang, along with some well-known people from the area, have re-formed to produce a new Mansfield Naked Men’s Calendar 2020/2021“We hope to raise a lot of money for our fantastic NHS, and specifically Kings Mill Hospital, by selling lots of calendars to a wide audience.“This has only been re-born this weekend so it is work in progress, but the first thing you can do to support us and our NHS, is to follow our facebook page ‘Mansfield’s Naked “Calendar men – Kingsmill NHS fund’.”They are now looking for local businesses to come forward over the next few months to sponsor pages, which will help cover print costs.

Malk Hall from Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies is one of the sponsors and a model this time around.

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One of the images from the 2014 calendar. Social distancing will be in place for this year's version. https://www.facebook.com/AmyWojnarPhotography/

He said: “The lads did a great job last time and raised a good sum of money, so we want to make this one bigger and better.

“We want to include as many models as possible so I offered to involve some of my sporting contacts.”

These include Nathan Eggleshaw, head coach of Paviors rugby club and Adam Bates from Sherwood Wolf Hunt rugby club.

Matthew Back of Backs Builders explained why he agreed to take part again: “I was part of the last one, and we had been talking for a while about doing another.

“With the NHS struggling, it seemed like the right time - we are looking at dedicating each page to one of our hard-working NHS staff.

“We’re all friends, so we get to have a laugh in the process, and boost morale.

“It’s important to stay positive, and if we can raise loads of money in the process, that’s great.”