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Charity strip hosts can't bear to stop

PUBLISHED: 22:46 18 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:33 03 March 2010

WHEN Mandy Dales and Maureen Mayhew started organising strip-shows their naked ambition was to raise some cash for charity – but now they can't bear to give up!

The pair's efforts have raised thousands of pounds for good causes, including the appeal to build a memorial to murdered schoolgirl Vicky Hall.

WHEN Mandy Dales and Maureen Mayhew started organising strip-shows their naked ambition was to raise some cash for charity – but now they can't bear to give up!

The pair's efforts have raised thousands of pounds for good causes, including the appeal to build a memorial to murdered schoolgirl Vicky Hall.

Their latest venture – another evening with the lads who dare to bare, the Ultimate Fantasy – has added another £1,600 and may not now be the swansong it was billed.

"We may see if we can book them again for another show next year – this one went so well we may have to do it again by popular demand," said Mandy

Some 180 women enjoyed the Ultimate Fantasy's performance at the Trimley Sports and Social Club – with the only men allowed in being the strip tease troupe on stage.

The evening also include an Ann Summers raffle, an auction of an Ipswich Town football shirt, which went for £200, and another raffle with lots of prizes donated by local shops and businesses.

Draw prizes included the use of a limo, a trip with Scandinavian Seaways, a portable TV, a microwave, music centre, champagne, gym memberships, and lots of vouchers for different stores and services.

"It was a really great night and everyone had a marvellous time. The amount we raised was terrific and Maureen and I want to say a big thank you to everyone who came along and all those who donated prizes or helped in any way," said Mandy.

Of the £1,600 raised, the major share will be going to Vicky Hall Memorial Appeal, spearheaded by The Evening Star, to build a sports pavilion for youngsters and community events in the teenager's home village of Trimley St Mary.

There will also be donations to Women Against Domestic Violence, and breast cancer care charity Coping with Breast Cancer.

Mandy and Maureen are also hoping to hold another event later in the year, but have not yet decided what the activity might be.

n People can support the Evening Star appeal for Vicky by sending donations. Cheques should be made payable to the Vicky Hall Memorial Fund and sent to Geraldine Thompson, editor's secretary, Evening Star, Press House, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1AN.

If you are holding a fundraising event or sponsored activities for the appeal, let us know – and we will help you in any way we can. Please contact Richard Cornwell, Felixstowe Newsdesk on 01394 284109.


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