A professional wrestler has got to grips with a great way to help the homeless in Leighton Buzzard.
Lee Malone, who runs Sacrifice Pro Wrestling and has lived in Leighton Buzzard for 13 years, decided to use the funds from the company’s November and December shows to support Leighton Linslade Homeless Service.
Last week Lee, 28, from Sandhills, presented goods bought with the November proceeds of about £200 to Paul Latimer, project coordinator at the Black Horse homeless shelter in North Street.
Now he’s urging locals to get behind their next show at the school he used to attend, Cedars Upper, on Saturday, December 29 to give the shelter an even bigger boost.
Lee, who is a former HOPE Wrestling Heavyweight Champion, and the current Ultimate Sacrifice Champion, said: “The funds of our November and December shows are completely going towards this cause and buying them gloves, hats and other warm clothes for the winter.
“We’ve taken the November funds and bought a whole bunch of stuff that we dropped down. The more people that come to our show on December 29, the more we can buy for the Black Horse’s homeless shelter.
“Wrestlers are coming from all over the country to be a part of this huge end of year spectacular. Everyone volunteering – or sacrificing – their time to raise money for the homeless in Leighton Buzzard.
“I commute through Leighton town – most wrestlers will have some kind of day job – and I see more people begging for money every day. It feels like more than ever, I want to know what we can do to help.
“Every show we run is for charity. We’ve helped Autism Bedfordshire, Dogs 4 Good, Circa UK and more. No wrestlers, staff or anybody else at Sacrifice Pro take a wage. We put our bodies on the line for the hope of doing some good in the world.”
Tickets for the show are £5 for children, £7 for adults and £20 for a group of four. Doors open at 3pm for a 3.30pm start.
The event will also feature other Leighton-born stars like Kai Payne, Chase Williams, Owen Charles and John Grimm.
Lee added: “The last two years, wrestling has had a major resurgence in the UK. So much so that my coach had to stop training me because he was just signed by The WWE.
“I wrestle most weekends, up and down the country. Friends of mine just wrestled at Wembley. This isn’t an underground thing any more.”