A Wigan bouncer had his chest waxed to raise £500 for Wigan And Leigh Olympic Wrestling club.
Stefan Gradwell, 46, Oldhall Street, Ince, was raising the funds needed to send young wrestlers to America.
The trip will see the wrestlers heading to Missouri, America, for two weeks to complete rigorous training and compete with local wrestlers.
“The quality of wrestlers is generally better in America” claims Stefan whose son, 14, wrestles for the club.
His son is one of the few being chosen to go on the trip and Stefan has decided to pay to chaperone the trip and see his son in action.
The trip will cost him £750 for the tickets, funded by himself, with the team staying with local families who have agreed to accommodate the team.
Whilst he’s more used to working the doors of clubs, including places like Surfer’s Paradise and The Village On The Green, Stefan says he doesn’t mind doing something unusual saying “It was about finding something that caught people’s attention so they’d donate more.”
Stefan claims the chest wax was his wife’s idea and says that people have been “excited” to see it take place, something he says is down to seeing him “in pain and agony more than anything else.”
The chest wax is part of a club effort with various other fund raising events having taken place including a ladies night and bag packs at local supermarkets, in an effort to reach the clubs total goal of £12,000.
The money raised will also go towards sending a selected few to the Commonwealth Games were they have been chosen to compete.