Stags star Ollie gets kit off for Mansfield kids’ charity!

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Footie star Ollie Palmer is among Mansfield’s own calendar boys who have stripped off to raise funds for a special school.

Shaun Taylor and David Holey, who both have children at Fountaindale School, enlisted the help of six supporters including the Mansfield Town striker to shoot the cheeky 2014 calendar.

The fund-raisers are aiming to sell 1,000 calendars in the run-up to Christmas to help them towards their £150,000 target for school equipment such as seating and speech aids.

Ollie said: “I haven’t done anything like this before but it’s for such a good cause I was very happy to help out.

“It was good fun shooting the pictures in local woods, but it was freezing!”

Shaun said: “I had the idea because some of the lads raised more than £5,000 by taking part in the ‘Tough Mudder’ obstacle challenge in the summer, and someone commented on how well and fit they looked.

“They were all up for taking part and we had a great laugh on the day.”

Fountaindale provides an education for pupils aged three to 19, who have complex physical and sensory needs.

Shaun’s seven-year-old son George Eden-Taylor and David’s daughter Lillie-May, also aged seven, are both pupils there.

George, who suffers from athetoid cerebral palsy which affects both his motor skills and co-ordination, has been at the school for four years.

Shaun said: “Mansfield is so lucky to have a school like this which helps each child to achieve their full potential.

“All these kids work their socks off just to get through every day and we really hope people offer their support by buying the calendar. “

Photographer Amy Wojnar donated her time to the project and Nottingham’s Inc-Print have published the calendar at cost-price.

The school is due to move into a new building next year but needs to furnish it and provide equipment itself.

The friends, who have been backed by Mansfield industrial supplies firm Hall-Fast, have so far been pledged £46,000.

The calendars are due to go on sale from this weekend for a minimum £10 donation.

Copies are available from the following outlets: The Talbot, And Why Not, The Coopers, Topps Tiles, On Yer Bike, Due hair salon, Diamond Cuts, Tonic hair salon, Nibble Me, the Fox Glove and the Rufford.