Fundraisers get it off their chests for charity
BRAVE blokes bared all to get stuck into a charity challenge in aid of poorly youngsters.
Five men volunteered to have their chests and stomachs waxed to boost funds for the Save Our Surgery campaign, which aims to stop the children's heart unit at Leeds General Hospital from closing.
The first two were stripped of their hair by staff at Eden beauty salon, in Pelham Road, Immingham – and now organisers are on the lookout for more people who are man enough to join them.
Organiser Alex McGory, 32, of Immingham, said: "We've got three more men signed up for waxes next week and if anyone else wants to take part they can just pop into the salon for a sponsorship form.
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"My daughter Mia was operated on at Leeds when she was three and it would of been awful if we'd had to travel to Newcastle, which is the nearest alternative unit.
"She had a hole in her heart repaired and a vein redirected and the care she received was fantastic.
"She'll have to have check ups until she's a teenager, but she's so much better.
"I've been supporting the Save Our Surgery campaign since it started and Mia's school, Allerton Primary, even donated £600.
"A sponsored wax seemed like a fun way to get people involved and raise money."
Fish merchant Tom Drewery, 29, of Cleethorpes, signed up for the wax after seeing it advertised on Facebook.
He said: "A friend's child was treated at Leeds and if they'd had to travel further away than Leeds then they might not have survived.
"It's such a good cause that I don't mind going through the pain.
"I actually had my stomach waxed when I was in Australia once but I was quite drunk so I can't remember if it hurt!"
His fiancée, Hayley Pickard, 32, of Cleethorpes, said: "It's my friend whose child was treated at Leeds but I didn't tell Tom to do this, he decided on his own.
"If it helps to keep the unit open then it's worth spending Valentine's night in a salon!"
Salon owner Jo Revill, 36, of Immingham, said: "My children go to the same school as Mia and we've been trying to raise money for the campaign ever since it started.
"We had a Wear It Red day in December and we thought the waxing would attract a lot of interest and we're hoping to raise a few hundred pounds."
As reported, the third day of a challenge by the Save Our Surgery group against the decision to close the Leeds unit is due to come to its conclusion in the High Court today – see www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk for news.