Twenty fellas from Swanton’s North East care services braved the ultimate pain to raise money for charity – they let female colleagues wax their legs.

 

The courageous lads came up with the idea themselves as they brainstormed fundraising ideas for children’s charity Happy Days.

 

They endured leg waxing at a fun-filled event at Seaham View care home, situated on North Road, on Tuesday 13th August.

 

Staff and residents from nearby Swanton homes Tyndale, East Holme, Park Lodge and The Cedars joined the Seaham team for an unforgettable afternoon.

 

For Seaham View manager Sue Mackinder it was incredible that the boys raised £574 for Happy Days.

 

Sue said: “We couldn’t believe it when the men actually volunteered to be waxed – they obviously didn’t know what they were letting themselves in for!

 

“It was hilarious to see them all enduring the pain, and I can’t deny that the ladies doing the waxing had a lot of fun ripping off those strips.

 

“The people we support found the whole thing very amusing.”

 

Each of the men got sponsorship from friends and locals to raise money, plus the ladies paid for the privilege of waxing their chosen colleague.

 

The staff at Seaham – who support people living with learning disabilities and complex needs – also laid on a buffet, drinks, cakes and a ball pool for visitors to enjoy. There was also a dance-off between some of the home’s residents.

 

Sue said: “The people we support had a great time all afternoon – they were very interested in how the waxing was done.

 

“One gentleman wanted to give it a go himself. He was braver than all the rest as he didn’t show any signs of feeling pain when the strip came off.”

 

Now Happy Days – a charity that organises and funds special days out for children in the UK living with mental, physical and emotional difficulties – can make good use of the funds raised.