HARTLEPOOL United mascot H’Angus the Monkey is the latest to have a not very n-ice experience as part of a charity challenge that is sweeping social media.
The famous Pools monkey spent most of yesterday drying off after accepting his nomination for the ice bucket challenge.
H’Angus was nominated for the brrrr-ave feat by Peter Burrow, his mascot mate at Peterborough United.
He completed the ice-cool challenge at Pools training ground yesterday morning.
Full-back Darren Holden held up cards revealing H’Angus’ nominations to do the challenge next – Sunderland mascots Samson and Delilah and Pools fans Janick Gers, of rock group Iron Maiden and Meat Loaf.
Once the formalities were out of the way, it was left to Pools players Dan Jones and Lewis Hawkins to drench poor H’Angus with a hefty bucket loaded with iced water.
H’Angus was the latest in a long line of people connected with the club to carry out the charity challenge, following boss Colin Cooper and players Marlon Harewood, Scott Flinders, Jordan Richards, Jonathan Franks, Neil Austin and Sam Collins among others.
The ice bucket challenge has taken over people’s news feeds on Facebook.
It sees hardy challengers nominating friends to be drenched with a bucket of ice-cold water and making a donation to a charity, usually ALS, an American organisation which supports people affected by brain and the spinal cord disease, or the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) charity in the UK, or another cause.
Also stepping up to the fundraising were staff members from Liberty Catering Solutions, in the town’s York Road.
The cafe workers swapped their hairnets for shower caps as they took a soaking.
They were nominated by staff at The Nursery Inn in Hopps Street, and they in turn nominated family and friends as well as Liberty staff at the Summerhill cafe.
They are donating to MND and also giving 10 per cent of yesterday’s takings to the cause.
Owner Leisa Smith said: “It was freezing, a shock to the system.
“If nominated again, I probably wouldn’t do it, it’s a one-off thing.”
Meanwhile, staff at Guappo Hair Design, in Front Street, Shotton Colliery, also rose to the challenge.
Phil and Sam Unsworth who run the salon took part with their son Samuel, daughter Amber, and staff Helen Wilkinson and Broghan Garside after Sam was nominated by friend Keeley Chatterton, who is in Chicago.
Andrew Cawthorn set off a chain of dunkings, by tipping ice water over Amber’s head, and she in turn tipped a bucket over Broghan before all six were soaked.
Andrew was nominated later and he completed his challenge later that night.
The group have used the challenge to donate to ALS and Peterlee’s Clarke Lister Brain Haemorrhage Foundation, which staff and customers have raised thousands for over the years.
Phil said: “It was horrible. I’d do it again, but only for charity.”