Chest waxing should raise enough for benches to remember tragic teens

Mervyn Williams, who is having his chest waxed to raise money for a memorial.
Mervyn Williams, who is having his chest waxed to raise money for a memorial.
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THE uncle of one of the teenagers killed in a triple fatal accident in Doncaster earlier this year is prepared to go through the pain barrier to create a permanent memorial.

Mervyn Williams is steeling himself for a chest waxing event later this month which he hopes will raise up to £2,000 to pay for benches to be sited at the schools attended by the victims of the Conisbrough car crash.

The 45-year-old has also persuaded pal Martin Micklethwaite to undergo the same ordeal at Doncaster Catholic Club in Waterdale on March 27.

Mervyn’s niece, 14-year-old Antonia Browne, was one of the teenagers who died when a Honda Civic went out of control and smashed into a wall in Doncaster Road in the early hours of January 30.

Antonia, who lived in Balby, was a pupil of McAuley Catholic High School, along with Michael Gallagher, aged 16, from Warmsworth, who was believed to be driving the car.

The other fatal casualty was Tom Hughes, aged 15, of Bessacarr, who attended Hall Cross School.

Mervyn, who lives in the St James Street flats, and Martin have pledged to raise enough to pay for three memorial benches for the two schools.

“I’ve already collected about £500 from family and friends and we hope to raise £2,000 in total.

“But I’m not looking forward to it. I had my chest waxed eight years ago to raise money for St Francis Xavier School and I swore blind I would never do it again because of the pain.

“but this is an even better cause.

“I’ve got quite a hairy chest and I’ve been advised to have it trimmed shorter before the waxing or it might pull the skin off as well!”

Antonia’s parents Michael and Tom have endorsed the charity event and are hoping to attend the ceremony at the Waterdale club, where both men are members.

Mervyn was close to Antonia because there was only three months in age between her and his son Jake.

n Anyone willing to sponsor them can call the club on 01302 364695.