Hands up if you want to shoot

SHOOT ME: Barry Crake (left) who is taking part in various fund-raising events, one of which includes being shot by a paintball gun, pictured with  Louise Thorburn and Rachael Lawson.
SHOOT ME: Barry Crake (left) who is taking part in various fund-raising events, one of which includes being shot by a paintball gun, pictured with Louise Thorburn and Rachael Lawson.
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A PROLIFIC fund-raiser has set his sights on his latest charity stunt.

Barry Crake, who works for the Human Life Trust, has spent the past year giving up his time to help finance the organisation’s work.

His latest fund-raiser will see him auction off the chance to shoot him in the backside with a paintball gun.

The Roker-based charity, which helps people with skin conditions, including the removal of tattoos and scarring, has recently started a new training academy after receiving a donation of £10,000.

Barry said: “We now are proud to announce that our training academy has opened where I can train people in tattooing, tattoo removal and permanent make-up.

“These new students will work part-time for the Human Life Trust and will enable me to harness my skills and drive the charity forward.”

Wearside Communications, in Houghton, which made the donation, has previously supported Barry and bosses have decided to start fund-raising to help him.

Rachael Lawson, business development manager at the firm, said: “I had heard of Barry through some friends, but it was not until he came in to the office looking for help with his zip wire event that I realised who he was.

“After hearing what he was doing we donated our radios to the event and since then we have carried on our working relationship.

“We also decided to start raising money for the charity and through car boot sales and other fund-raising initiatives we were able to donate £10,000 to Barry.

“I think it’s really important that the charity gets the funding it needs as I don’t think enough people are aware of what they do.”

Louise Thorburn and Kathryn McElvenny have now been recruited and trained to take on the work of the charity.

Louise, 32, from Rowlands Gill, said: “It is something I have wanted to do for a long time, but the training has always been so expensive.

“But when I heard about Barry and what he was doing I got in touch and we went from there.

“I think it’s so important that people are able to get this treatment because it is changing so many lives – we need to raise the profile so we can carry on helping people.”

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