Luton’s Petey Staniforth is a man of many parts. A popular wrestler, he’s also a Hatters fan of note and former Half Price Orange columnist.
Now the 37-year-old father-of-two has launched a new venture.
CAWS - the acronym for Charity Appeal Wrestling Shows – came into being last year when Petey, who lives in the town centre and went to Lea Manor, decided it was time to put his skills into helping others and making a difference.
“We’re the UK’s only 100 percent not-for-profit professional wrestling organisation,” he said. “A cross between EastEnders and Punch and Judy.
“We’ve already scheduled 13 shows for 2013 with more to come, for causes such as the Fire Fighters Charity, Teenage Cancer Trust and Bliss which works to support premature and sick babies.”
The first event takes place on Friday, February 22 at Hightown Club in aid of the Fire Fights Charity. The next, on March 15 at Stopsley Working Men’s Club, will benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Petey, who’s been in the business for more than a decade in various guises, chooses the charities through personal experience.
He explained: “A wrestling friend recommended the Fire Fighters. He said the guys don’t get enough credit or help.
“A former girlfriend lost her brother to cancer and my daughter was born premature.
“I’m totally committed to doing this. You get out of life what you put in and I want to set a good example to my children.” Petey is looking or sponsors for the shows, which are family-friendly.
He said: “They’re very character-based, personality driven, and are suitable for all ages. “Tickets are £6 a head – the best value for money in the business.”
> For more information visit www.cawswrestling.com