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Adam's close shave for Walk4Matt

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Leicester Tigers have begun their fundraising for this year's Walk4Matt by sponsoring a member of the club's community team to have his legs waxed.

Tigers senior rugby development officer Matt Williams and rugby development officer Adam Copperwheat will be kayaking the full 110 miles as well as taking part in many of the social fundraising events throughout the week.

And Adam decided to kick things off by having his legs waxed, with staff at Tigers’ Welford Road ground sponsoring him for his pains.

Adam said: “The Matt Hampson Foundation is something we support at Tigers and in the community team throughout the year. Hambo is an inspiration in what he is trying to do for others and the waxing seemed something worth going through.”

Tigers community manager Scott Clarke added: “It was great to see Adam welling up with joy as he knew each rip of the hot wax earned a few more coppers for this great event.”

Roy Jackson, Matt Hampson Foundation chairman of trustees, said: "I am always amazed at the ingenious ways that so many people invent to raise money for Matt and his new charity.

"I just hope we have good weather on the walk otherwise Adam will have very cold legs."

Walk4Matt is the 110 mile walk along the Grand Union Canal from Rugby to Twickenham, which starts on Saturday and raises funds for the Matt Hampson Foundation, SpecialEffect and other designated charities.

Walk4Matt is launched at Rugby School on Friday afternoon and the walk itself starts on Saturday from Willow Wren Wharf. The walk finishes on Saturday, May 28 at Twickenham Stadium where Tigers take on Saracens in the Aviva Premiership Final.

Supporters are encouraged to come along and take part in the walk and can get more information on Walk4Matt at www.walk4matt.org

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/walk4matt-leicestertigers