Directors strip towards target in charity wax
A PAIR of company directors have had their backs waxed for charity, after being nominated by their employees.
Staff at Jellyfish in London Road, Reigate, are aiming to raise £20,000 for the Children's Trust in Tadworth this year, and took a step towards their goal by making £451 from a sponsored "wax-off".
It was not such good news for the company's finance director Chris Lee or managing director Rob Pierre, who won the staff poll to go under the strip.
Staff put money in jars bearing the directors' faces, with the director raising the most money being waxed in front of the whole office, but Mr Pierre got a nasty surprise when he found himself on the table despite not raising the most cash. "I didn't actually win the vote," he said.
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"Chris Lee won the vote but I was asked to read a card out as it was written. It said 'there is a twist, someone else is getting waxed, you now have ten minutes to put as much money into the jars as possible'.
"I heard lots of money dropping, looked round and mine was the only jar there, I was stitched up. But it was a great atmosphere on the day."
Nevertheless they say they are pleased with their staff's reaction to their first-ever dedicated fundraising drive, with nearly £4,000 raised already for the charity, which provides specialist care for severely disabled children.
With staff climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, running the London Marathon and sky diving to raise money later this year, Mr Lee and Mr Pierre say they are not in a rush to repeat their fundraising experience. "I think I was resigned to the fact my jar seemed to have a lot of money in it," Mr Lee said.
"Everyone says it's painful, but I hadn't realised how painful. I will not be doing it again soon."
Mr Pierre agreed: "It is 100 per cent not something I will be repeating in a hurry."
Staff were thrilled with the outcome of the event on April 5, which also saw the finals of a pool tournament held to raise funds for a member of staff running the London Marathon.
Hannah Rainford, who organised the fundraisers, said: "The Children's Trust is our chosen charity for this year, it is our first one, so we've put together a fundraising team. It has gone really well."
For more information, visit www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk