Ouch! But all in a ripping good cause . . .

KEEN Keech Hospice Care supporter Marco Cortese was “nervous but excited” on Friday before his eye-watering chest and stomach wax in aid of the charity.

Afterwards, sporting a smooth pink six-pack, he confessed: “It was a lot worse than I thought and I’m glad it’s all over.”

The wax at Shona Salon was the first in a series of charity challenges to be taken on by the 18-year-old motorsport engineering student in memory of his much-loved grandad Mario.

Now he’s fundraising for a skydive later this month and a 22 mile cycle marathon.

> To sponsor Marco text CRTZ77, followed by the amount in pounds, to 70070.