Dave faces the pain but all for a good cause

OUCH Dave Waterman gets his legs waxed with, from left, Elaine Young, Levi Campion and Ben Glenton at the Hill Park Memorial Working Mens Club in Fareham.
OUCH Dave Waterman gets his legs waxed with, from left, Elaine Young, Levi Campion and Ben Glenton at the Hill Park Memorial Working Mens Club in Fareham.
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EX-POMPEY player Dave Waterman got his legs waxed as part of a fundraiser in memory of his son Oakley.

The 36-year-old had the painful process at the Hill Park Memorial Working Men’s Club in Fareham during a fundraiser for a charity set up in memory of his son.

Oakley died from cancer, aged six, eight years ago today.

Shortly before his death, a cancer charity paid for Oakley and his family to holiday in a caravan in Devon.

Dave said: ‘The time we had at the caravan with Oakley was so precious. It was Oakley who came up with the idea to buy a caravan and help other families, so when he passed away, it became our mission.

‘We realise how precious that time can be for families.’

Since then the charity has bought two caravans allowing children with life-threatening illnesses quality time with their families.

Along with the waxing, Full Monty-style dancers helped raised around £1,200 for the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Dave, who lives in Gosport, said: ‘It started off as me possibly having my leg shaved and then it turned into a full-blown waxing.

‘Another couple of lads decide to join in and even had their chests waxed.’

The event also saw an auction and a medium.

Lisa Fletcher, from Fareham, organised the event.

The 32-year-old said: ‘The night was fantastic. The Full Monty went well – women were literally climbing over their chairs.

‘A lady came up to me on the night to say thank you because the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation was sending her child on holiday. Just seeing her face said it all.’

Dave spoke of the importance of events like this.

He said: ‘We have to raise £20,000 a year to keep the caravans maintained.

‘It’s heart-warming when people do things like this. It goes to show there are some great people out there.’

For more information search ‘Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation’ on Facebook and donate at justgiving.com/oakleywatermancaravanfdn.