Charity leg-waxing benefits Bristol hospitals

Bradley Stoke Specsavers charity leg-waxing

A lab technician at a Bradley Stoke opticians had his legs waxed for charity on Saturday (24th March).

Aaron Carter, lab technician at Specsavers in The Willow Brook Centre, had his legs stripped bare of hair to help raise money for Bristol hospital charity Above & Beyond.

Mr Carter’s hair-raising efforts are part of a 12-month fundraising initiative for Above & Beyond organised by ten Specsavers stores across Bristol. He said:

“I’m really proud to be doing my bit for Above & Beyond. It’s a really important charity that raises funds for the nine city centre hospitals. There’s no gain without pain so I’m hoping my leg wax will inspire others to get involved and donate.”

The stunt was the idea of his Specsavers co-worker Julie Rafferty, who runs her own part-time beauty & holistic therapy practice.

Julie explained:

“I had been looking for a ‘victim’ for some time and with Aaron leaving the branch on Monday, we felt he shouldn’t be allowed to go without feeling a little pain.”

Members of the public were invited to donate £1 for the privilege of ripping off a waxing strip and the event raised a total of £80 for the charity.

Ed Stanleigh, store director at Bradley Stoke, added:

“We’re delighted with our fundraising total so far – we’ve smashed our £10,000 target in just seven months, enabling us to buy a tonometer and slit lamp for the Children’s Unit at Bristol Eye Hospital. We’re now looking to raise a further £5,000 so that we can also purchase an autorefractor.”

Mr Stanleigh will himself be raising funds for Above & Beyond when he takes part in the Forest of Dean Half Marathon next Sunday (1st April).

Anyone wishing to sponsor him or Mr Carter can pop into the Specsavers store at the Willow Brook Centre. Alternatively, please call 01454 275020 or visit for more information.

Last year, the Bradley Stoke Specsavers store’s assistant manager Terri Jenkins took part in a sponsored skydive to raise money for Above & Beyond and another member of staff is due to follow her example later this year.

Photo: (L-R) Rachael Wilde, Aaron Carter, Emma Proud and Julie Rafferty. Click to view larger image.

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