A TEENAGER has gone through the pain barrier by having his legs waxed to raise funds to help a little girl fight cancer.
Anya Bentham, one, is being treated at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool for an advanced form of an aggressive cancer called neuroblastoma.
An appeal to raise £250,000 to pay for Anya, of Christleton, to have pioneering treatment in America has been set up and has already raised more than £45,000 in just a few months.
And Connah’s Quay High School pupil, Niall Thomas-Evans, 14, decided he should lend a fundraising hand and agreed to have his legs waxed – so long as family and friends agreed to sponsor him.
And they backed his efforts to the tune of more than £200, which left Niall delighted, if a bit tender.
Niall, who swims competitively for Connah’s Quay swimming Club, where he is also training to become a coach, said: “I just wanted to help and thought I’d give waxing a try. Why do girls do it? It really hurt and I don’t think I’ll be trying it again.
“I was really pleased to raise more than £200 for Anya’s appeal which is really important. I’m going to look at other ways to fundraise which aren’t as painful!”
Niall’s auntie, Leah Hughes, also from Connah’s Quay, had the pleasure of yanking away the waxing strips from Niall’s legs.
She said: “I really enjoyed it! In fairness, Niall’s really brave for giving it a go and raising so much money.
“There are not many teenage lads who would be prepared to do something like have their legs waxed.
“And at least he now knows what we girls put ourselves through on a regular basis!”
You can support Anya’s appeal by going to www.facebook.com/AnyaBenthamAppeal.
Donations can also be made at www.just