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Charity event proves hair-raising

PUBLISHED: 09:26 26 August 2011

Martin Quiggley, of Lincoln estate in Bow, lets his head be shaved for cancer chairty

Martin Quiggley, of Lincoln estate in Bow, lets his head be shaved for cancer chairty

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Brave men had their chest and legs waxed and women got to bid for a 'bachelor' during a hair-raising charity evening.

Last Saturday’s fundraiser organised by the head of a hairdressing and beauty therapy school in Bow raised over £750 for Cancer Research UK.

Around 65 people, helped raise funds during an aution and raffle at the Liquor Inn pub on Devons Road, organised by Michelle Sapiano, head of the East London Academy Training and Therapy Centre.

Punters put anonymous bids on those they would like to see subjected to a head shave or chest wax —the person with most bids then had the choice of going ahead with the shave or pay the highest bidder’s price.

Ladies could also bid on five bachelors who had volunteered to spend a day with them that would include two luxury facials at the academy.

One the academy’s clients of Bow’s Lincoln estate, Martin Quiggley, agreed to have both his head and chest waxed for the first time.

Michelle said: The reason we chose Cancer Research is that so many are people suffering from this dreadful disease and I think most people including myself have had their lives touched by cancer. Personally I have lost relatives and we also have a couple of users of the academy who are also terminally Ill.

“The event was a great success and many members of the local community not only gathered for support, they also dug deep for the cause, which is fantastic considering this current financial climate. It just goes to show that people are compassionate and there still is a good sense of community spirit.”

The East London Academy Training and Therapy Centre is a nonprofit making organisation.

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