Girls brave cold for charity

Left to right: Beki Gibbon (19), Jamie Abbott (23), Danielle Roberts (22), Laura Bond (21) Lauren Greenhalgh (22) and Sarah Shaw (23)

Left to right: Beki Gibbon (19), Jamie Abbott (23), Danielle Roberts (22), Laura Bond (21) Lauren Greenhalgh (22) and Sarah Shaw (23)

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A GROUP of fund-raisers certainly proved their dedication to helping others by holding a charity bikini car wash.

The seven participants braved the very worst of the Bank Holiday weather to clean around 50 cars in their skimpy outfits and raise nearly a thousand pounds for Cancer Research UK.

The event, staged at the Bull’s Head in Astley, started as a joke comment on Twitter but quickly became more serious thanks to the support of an enthusiastic public.

Although only seven of the original 23 girls who were supposed to take part actually made it to the event, organiser Jamie Louise Abbott, who, together with friends Lauren Greenhalgh and Danielle Roberts was the driving force behind the event, was determined to make the fund-raising a success.

Jamie Louise, 22, said: “It went really well even though it was absolutely freezing. We raised about £500 on the day and we already had around £400 from just talking about it, so we’re only about £70 short of our initial target.

“The three of us were just joking on Twitter talking about how we could raise money, as Cancer Research is a cause very close to all of us, and we said if we were in America it would be alright to do a bikini car wash.

“Then loads of people started re-tweeting it, so we decided we should go ahead and do it.”

To sponsor the girls, visit www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/facebook-fundraisers

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