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A £6k chest of cash for hospice as hairy farmer Sammy has torso waxed


The pair with Sammy’s wife Naomi

The pair with Sammy’s wife Naomi

Kerry Reynolds gets to grips with Sammy

Kerry Reynolds gets to grips with Sammy

Kerry Reynolds gets to grips with Sammy

Kerry Reynolds gets to grips with Sammy


The pair with Sammy’s wife Naomi

Farmers raised more than £6,000 for a good cause after the so-called hairiest farmer in the Ards Peninsula volunteered his chest for charity.

People could pay up to £100 to rip strips of hot wax off Co Down dairy farmer Sammy Steele's chest.

The challenge dubbed 'Chest of Steele' was organised by a group of tractor drivers known locally as Team Green.

More than 250 people crammed into a machinery shed-turned-salon in Carrowdore to watch as Sammy endured a full chest wax on Good Friday.

Minutes before, onlookers were stunned as around 140 tractors stopped traffic. Farmers and machinery enthusiasts from as far away as Lisburn joined in a parade to show their support for the event, passing through the townlands of Newtownards and ending at the make-shift salon.

Beauty therapist Kerry Reynolds grimaced as she started to trim the excess hair with scissors before starting the waxing process.

The event started as a dare after friends jokingly chided Sammy for his hairy torso.

As for Sammy himself, he said it was no hair off his chest.

In a heartfelt address, he told the crowd he felt compelled to turn the dare into a fundraiser for the Northern Ireland Hospice after he watched nurses at the centre care for his mother-in-law.

"For me the main thing was raising money for the hospice - until you're in the situation where you need them you have no idea just how much they do," he said.

"I said if they could raise £1,000 I would do it. That night they did a whipround in the pub and they put £500 down on the table, so I thought if I upped it to £2,000 farmers, having a reputation for being tight, wouldn't do it - but they really exceeded all of our expectations.

"So far we've reached £6,000, but the JustGiving page is still open and there's a few more to come in."

Belfast Telegraph