A Hartlepool man is set for a hair-raising experience as he gets his chest waxed in the name of charity.
Sean Eddy, who was brought up in the Fens and now lives in the Owton Manor area of the town, is raising funds for Crohn’s and Colitis UK, which helps people living with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Some people have said it won’t hurt at all, and the more honest ones have said it’s going to be very painful!Sean Eddy
The chef has ulcerative colitis himself, and is hoping to raise £1,000 for the charity, with £600 having been pledged already.
Sean, 25, will be joined in the challenge by friends Matthew Craggs and Chris McLean, and hopes it will help raise vital funds.
He said: “I suffer from ulcerative colitis, so the charity means a lot to me.
“It raises awareness of it, and hopefully a lot of research as well.
“It’s a disease which seems to be booming a bit, and more knowledge is coming out.
“Anything we can do to help people suffering from it will be great.
“The charity itself is starting to do a bit more work to get more people to be more open about it.
“It’s understandable that people don’t want to talk about it, but it makes it easier for the sufferers. It’s a little bit embarrassing for a lot of people to talk about.
“It’s part of normal life. It’s not the best, but you have to get on with it.”
The chest wax will take place at Shapers Salon, in Church Street, on July 1, while there will be entertainment and a raffle beforehand.
Sean had his trademark ponytail cut off for the Motor Neurone Disease Association two years ago, but is expecting a more painful experience this time around.
He added: “There are three of us taking part at the moment, and we’re trying to rally a few more as well.
“I’ve had a few words of advice about it.
“Some people have said it won’t hurt at all, and the more honest ones have said it’s going to be very painful!
“Two years ago, I got my head shaved for charity.
“I’m not going to have any hair left if I keep on doing this!”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/sean-eddy1