PARATROOPERS have stepped out of uniform to raise money in memory of a colleague killed in Afghanistan.

Men from Colchester’s 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, have posed for a naked calendar for JJ’s Memorial Fund.

The charity is dedicated to Private Jeff Doherty, who was killed while serving with 2 Para last year.

The fund raises money to help injured paratroopers and support the families of soldiers killed in action.

Officers and men disrobed for pictures at Colchester’s Merville Barracks and the pub run by Pte Doherty’s family in Southam, Warwickshire.

Pte Doherty, known as JJ, features in June with a photograph sent back from Afghanistan showing him wearing just his beret and holding a well-placed gun.

Jeff Doherty, the 20-year-old’s father, said he hoped to raise £5,000 from sales.

He said: “It’s the first time the Paras have done a naked calendar.

“They’re all guys who were out in Afghanistan with Jeff. They want to raise money in his memory and know that it might be supporting them if they get injured next time.”

An initial print run of 500 is selling quick and Mr Doherty is getting more copies printed.

The fund has raised more than £20,000 from a number of events including a cycle ride from Colchester to Southam by paratroopers.

Robert Mead, Colchester Garrison spokesman, said: “2 Para does not forget any of the paratroopers who gave their lives, and does all it can to support the families of comrades.”

The calendars cost £10 each and you can order one by e-mailling: