Riley's manager Chris Hutchison ready for a close shave

A Watford bar manager is preparing to have either his head shaved or legs waxed in a bid to raise cash for charity.

Chris Hutchison, who runs Riley’s in The Parade, is vowing to go to extreme lengths to show his support for Children in Need.

The 35-year-old said: "Last year we held a similar event and I was forced to have my legs waxed.

"It wasn’t a pleasant experience; I think I understand a bit more what women have to go through in the name of beauty.

"We managed to raise £1,000 from that, so I thought we’d do it again.

"I’m not particularly looking forward to having either done, perhaps my boss Ian Huett will save my hair like he did last year, by paying more money for me to get my legs done."

Mr Hutchison of Prestwick Road, South Oxhey, said staff were inspired to hold the fundraiser again for Children in Need because of resident DJ Chris Mullins.

The father-of-three explained: "Chris’ daughter Amber Lee was diagnosed with Leukaemia.

"Thankfully she is in remission now, but as a father myself, I can’t imagine what Chris and his family went through, from diagnosis to treatment.

"That’s why it’s so important to support a cause like this, to help Children in Need."

On Friday, November 16, as well as losing either the hair on his legs or on his head, Mr Hutchison and his staff will be hosting a fundraising event at Riley’s.

There will be a disco, an X Factor-style karaoke, a pool competition, and a raffle with prizes including hampers, restaurant and hairdressers’ vouchers, and a digital camera up-for-grabs.

The event will be held from 7.30pm and entry is free, with a year’s free membership to the sports bar included.

All money raised on the night will be given to Children in Need and the amount raised will be matched by the bar.

Mr Hutchison added: "It’s all a bit fun, but if we can turn that fun into raising a bit of money for a good cause, then everyone will benefit."

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