Big-hearted footballers plan a huge fundraiser - to help their badly-injured team-mate.

Paul Turnbull, 25, is still in hospital EIGHT MONTHS after being involved in a horror crash.

He was flown to hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance after his car crashed on the Pennine moors above Meltham in March.

Now fellow players from the Huddersfield team Walkers Hounds plan to raise at least £5,000 to help Paul through his rehabilitation.

The players have already raised £3,000 which has been donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which saved his life.

Now a charity calendar in the style of the Calendar Girls is next on the agenda for the players, who are based at the Walkers Arms pub in Leymoor, Golcar.

They will be at a photoshoot next weekend and then hope to sell 200 copies of the calendar to family and friends around the village.

Other events are planned including a soccer tournament in May and the club hope they will hit their target.

Player Sam Ansell said: “It’s so sad; we are all going about our daily business and Paul is still in a hospital bed.

“He actually managed a smile the other day which is good news but he still nasn’t been able to talk.

“He suffered terrible injuries, with many internal organs damaged and also head trauma and they have said they do not know what the future holds.

Paul Turnbull

“He played with us as a striker for our first two seasons and is a great lad. Now he has gone from being a 25-year-old keen sportsman with a promising career and his whole life ahead of him to the brink of death and the longest of roads to recovery.

“We want to help him and you can help us.

“Paul is still in hospital and obviously his life will never be the same again but we hope we can raise money to help him get through”

Paul is a patient at Salford Royal Hospital and is now in the rehab unit there, having spent weeks in intensive care at the hospital after the crash on March 7.

He had been on his way back from playing in a soccer game when he crashed, although the cause of the accident is unknown.

Walkers Hounds have set up a charity appeal via