PALS of a Wearside rugby player who died at the tragically young age of 27 will dare to bare at a charity gala night in his memory.
Jamie Maclennan was found dead at his home in Sunderland in December after suffering what was believed to be a seizure.
Popular Jamie was diagnosed with epilepsy while in his teens and despite leading a full and active life, problems with the condition became more frequent in the months leading up to his death.
Next month, the Chin4Jamie Ball is set to take place in his honour, with 450 guests attending at the Stadium of Light.
As part of the fun, friends of Jamie’s who played for Sunderland RFC alongside him will undress as part of a Full Monty striptease on the evening.
Jamie’s mum Karen, a fund-raiser for Sunderland child respite care centre Grace House, sister Nichola, girlfriend Emily Ferries as well as other family and close friends have organised the bash.
After he passed I thought it would be a great, fun idea to do our own chin sings in memory of Jamie
Those set to go along are being asked to produce a 10-25 second “chin sing” video on their phones which can then be uploaded using #chin4jamie.
It’s hoped that cash raised will help to pay for a mini bus which Grace House staff can use when it opens later this year.
Emily Ferries, girlfriend said: “The #chin4jamie idea came from when Jamie and I made his chin sing video in January last year.
“We laughed so much when we made it.
“After he passed I thought it would be a great, fun idea to do our own chin sings in memory of Jamie.
“Jamie’s chosen charity was Grace House.
“He loved volunteering and taking part in fun events including their Colour in the Park run last year so it seemed all the more fitting to put together such an enjoyable fund-raising idea in his memory.”
Jamie’s mam Karen said: “We really would like everyone to do their own chin sing and have lots of fun making and sharing it with us all.
“Use your mobile phone or any other recording device and make a video of your chin singing, post your 10-25 second chin sing video onto your Facebook page, remembering to make your video public so that we can see it, or on You Tube.
“You must post it using the #chin4jamie so that all the videos will be in the same place for everyone to view.
“Nominate as many of your family and friends to do the same.
“All we ask is that you make a £5 donation by texting CHIN15 £5 to 70070.
“We will shortlist five videos that we will show at the Chin4Jamie Ball and the winner will receive the £500 cash prize.”
Other entertainment on the night will be provided by Mint Management who are putting on a red carpet welcome, with artists performing stilt walking, fire eating, living tables and a special jazz performance from dancers.
For more information about the ball, which takes place on Saturday, April 18, contact Karen on 07956 566269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.