KIND-HEARTED fundraisers put themselves through some hairy moments in support of a charity in memory of a close friend.
Eleven pals took to the stage in the Cosmopolitan Hotel, in Middlegate, Hartlepool, where they braved the hot wax and had their chests, backs, legs and arm pits stripped bare.
The daring efforts of the men helped to raise an impressive £1,208 for the Great North Air Ambulance.
The event was organised in memory of Peter Tighe, who tragically died in a car crash in August last year.
The 26-year old was the passenger in a red Nissan Micra when it collided with a lorry on the A179 sliproad junction with the A19.
The air ambulance lifted Peter, from the Headland, to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, but he sadly died shortly after.
Almost a year after his death, Peter’s friends and their families gathered at The Cosmopolitan and enjoyed a hugely successful charity night in his memory.
Sandra Hunter, 59, the mum of Christopher, 28, one of Peter’s close friends, who helped to organise the event, said: “It was an absolutely terrific night enjoyed by all.
“The generosity of people was unfailing, to raise as much as we did was absolutely fantastic.”
As well as the waxing which raised £430 for the cause, Cosmopolitan owners Jane and Tim Fleming organised raffles and collections which raised a further £678.
Peter’s former employers. MGR Contracting Limited, also donated £100.
Sandra, a safety officer, who lives in Durham Street on the Headland with husband Richard, 54, a project manager at Tees Valley Unlimited, added: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated and helped to make the event a success.
“We had 11 guys who braved the hot wax and were stripped of their manly hair and we had even more people who queued up to pay for the opportunity to tear a strip off them.
“A big thank you must also go to Lisa Sutheran, a beauty therapist who waxed non-stop for three hours.
“She was only supposed to do two hours, but guys were still waiting to volunteer.”
A spokesperson for the Great North Air Ambulance said: