DAD Keith Hind battled through the pain barrier in a bid to support of a fledgling football team.
The 43-year-old, from Houghton, took part in a charity leg wax to help buy new kits and equipment for Durham Phoenix.
The self-funded team, which plays in the Russell Foster Youth League, was set up by a group of parents earlier this year after a fund-raising drive and they secured sponsorship with North East-based company i-Designkitchens.com.
Earlier this month, senior engineer Keith visited the Daniel John salon, in Fence Houses, to complete the feat.
“It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be,” he said. “I don’t know if it was the lady who was doing it, whether she made it a lot less painful, but it went okay.
“Having said that, I don’t think I’ll be doing it again in a hurry.”
The dad-of-two, whose eight-year-old son Jack plays in the under nines’ team, said the event was part of an ongoing charity drive.
“The initial fund-raising has enabled us to start up the team and kit the boys out with strips, tracksuits and winter coats,” he said. “But it requires further funding to provide the boys with training kits, entry into tournaments and trophies for presentation nights.”
Now Keith, who works for Tacle Seating, in Houghton, hopes the young players will go from strength-to-strength.
“The team has started really well,” he said. “They won four of their first five games and they hope to continue their good form in the new year.
As well as boosting the Houghton-based team, the stunt will also help a cancer charity.
“The leg waxing will also support Macmillan, as a close family friend is currently receiving support and I wanted to show my gratitude to them for the amazing job they are doing.
“I have managed to raise in excess of £500 to date, which will be equally distributed between Macmillan and the team.
“I would also like to thank the salon, which carried out the waxing for free.”