Sheffield dad to bare all for charity

Darren and Blade Burgess
Darren and Blade Burgess
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A Sheffield dad is to go the Full Monty for charity - by stripping off at a charity show in memory of his beloved son.

Darren Burgess, two relatives and a friend are to perform at Shiregreen Working Men’s Club - re-enacting the famous stripping scene from the The Full Monty, which was shot in the club.

Darren and Blade Burgess

Darren and Blade Burgess

The Sheffield strippers are charging £10 a ticket to see them bare all, with proceeds going to the neonatal unit at Jessops Maternity Hospital, where Darren’s son, Blade, was treated as a baby.

Blade was born four months premature and suffered a series of health problems, including deafness.

The youngster, who is survived by his twin sister Freya, died last October at the age of seven.

Darren, 46, from Arbourthorne, who is dad to Sienna, India, Freya, Connor and Kelsey, aged between three and 16, said he is nervous about stripping but determined to see the show through.

Blade Burgess

Blade Burgess

“I’m very nervous and would have like to have worked out beforehand but with all the children there’s no time for anything,” he said.

“I want to raise as much as I can for Jessops because if it wasn’t for them Blade and Freya wouldn’t have made it at all - they did everything possible.

“If we can help the hospital treat other little babies then doing The Full Monty will be worth it.

“I suggested a wing walk but the others wouldn’t do that so they came up with this idea instead - I don’t know what’s worse!”

A drag artist has also been booked to perform on the night and there will be raffles and an auction.

The fundraiser is to be held on Saturday, July 11 from 7pm.

For tickets call Blade’s mum, Rosemarie, on 07760 118011.