Heanor’s William Gregg leisure centre hosted a high-octane wrestling show on Sunday, raising nearly £900 for an anti-bullying charity.
More than 150 people packed out the centre to see up-and-coming stars from Nottingham’s House of Pain wrestling academy such as Owen Ocean, Steven Harris and Riley Supernova.
The event was organised by Codnor resident Ian Sharpe in support of Kidscape, which provides children, families, carers and professionals with advice, training and practical tools to protect young lives.
Ian said: “It’s all thanks to House of Pain. I only asked them for a raffle prize, and then they volunteered to stage the whole show for free.
“We all know someone who has been picked on, and how that can affect them. Kidscape is not a well-known charity but they do fantastic work.”
The wrestlers enjoyed the day so much they will return for another show on July 1.
Ian said: “The wrestlers really enjoyed themselves, and loved the audience interactions. It was like the old days of family-friendly entertainment.”
For details of all upcoming House of Pain dates, see facebook.com/HOPWrestling.
To learn more about Kidscape and its work, go to kidscape.org.uk.