Footballers brave leg waxing for charity

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Brave footballers at Glass Houghton Welfare will test their pain barriers when they have their legs waxed to raise money for charity.

A group of players from the team will take part in the event which will take place after the home game with Athersley Recreation on December 15 to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust (CFT).

There will also be a charity match between stars of ITV soap Emmerdale and a team of veterans next year to raise money.

Club physio Sam Crawford, whose school friend Claire Armitage died in October last year aged 25, set up the events.

She said: “Claire was only 25 so I want to raise awareness of the disease, help find a cure and encourage organ donation.

“Claire needed a double lung transplant and she never got it.”

She hopes to raise £2,000 for the charity by hosting the events.

Welfare have also got the CFT logo on their new home shirt to raise awareness.

Miss Crawford said: “The club have been brilliant and the players are willing to do what I ask them so I can’t ask for more.

“It is hard to knowing that if more people were organ donators, Claire might still be alive.”

Cystic fibrosis affects 10,000 people across the country, is caused by a faulty gene which controls the movement of salt and water in cells, so the lungs and digestive system become clogged making it hard to breathe and digest food.