It’s a close shave for the hospice

Marco Cortese at Strand Salon in Sundon Park
Marco Cortese at Strand Salon in Sundon Park

Luton lad Marco Cortese is prepared to bare all for his favourite charity, Keech Hospice Care.

Two years ago he endured an eye-wincing body wax while this time round he’s had his head shaved, along with his eyebrows.

The 22-year-old from Bramingham, who’s just completed a motor sport engineering course, has taken on the charity challenge in memory of his much-loved grandad Mario.

He’s set himself a target of £2,000 and says his fundraising got off to a good start at Strand Salon in Sundon Park where he had his dark locks lopped.

“It’s very cold and I feel like an egg head,” he grinned. “But it’s got people talking and has raised awareness.

“A friend shaved my eyebrows after I had my hair cut and now they’re all stubbly.”

Marco has a skydive planned and is taking part in Tough Mudder, a hardcore 12 mile obstacle course.

He’s also hoping to organise a series of fundraising evenings at Dunstable’s Ivory Lounge.

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