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Suffolk fundraising for Children in Need

PUBLISHED: 12:54 16 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

AAH, the pain - but every folicle pulled from David Cooper's chest was a plus for Children In Need.

The 22-year-old computer programmer was having the waxworks treatment to relieve his chest of its hairy covering and his colleagues at R3 in Tacket Street were paying a fiver to see him in agony on a video being made of the action.

AAH, the pain – but every folicle pulled from David Cooper's chest was a plus for Children In Need.

The 22-year-old computer programmer was having the waxworks treatment to relieve his chest of its hairy covering and his colleagues at R3 in Tacket Street were paying a fiver to see him in agony on a video being made of the action.

"And with 20 of them to pay the money – and the directors have promised to double what is raised – it should be about £200 for the fund," said David, who lives in Ashcroft Road, Ipswich.

The pain was, he said "not too bad" and even though Nicola McHardy and Cally Stevens at Bodylines salon in Tacket Street, knew just how to pull off those wax strips with precision, their client was not too sure he would like to repeat the performance.

"I'm only doing this because the people I work with are sadists and they won't pay up until they are certain I had my chest done and seen the pain on film," he added.

Across Ipswich at Ritehire, on the Boss Hall Industrial Estate, 14 staff and bosses were Pedalling for Pudsey and well before lunchtime 65 of their intended 100 miles had been clocked up.

"But we'll carry on, and on, throughout the day to see how much more we can do," said Barry Brabbin, senior hire assistant at the hire company.

They had quickly raised £670 and this looked set to grow throughout the day through the support of workers at the neighbouring Co-op Dairy, Williams Tyre and Exhaust plus other occupants on the industrial estate.

And to make sure everyone was included, customers were being "encouraged" to have a go on a pub card to make sure that as much money can be accumulated as possible.

Back in the town centre, at Bar IV Peter Greenland was gearing up for opening up a few more bottles of bubbly and he was hoping for a rush because all his profits on Bollinger and Veuve Clicquot champers was going to Pudsey.

And at Peter's other Ipswich outlet, The Vodka Bar on the Waterfront he was donating 25p for every vodka shot sold throughout today.

"This is the first time I have done this in Ipswich for Children In Need but at my other Vodka Bar in Colchester it's been a great success.

"Of course we're doing it again in Colchester today too, and it I'm hoping for at least a £100 to be raised," he added.

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