Twins at fundraising's cutting edge on Celebrity Scissorhands

TWINS Tom and Jim Ward, from Bishop Thornton, raised £320 for BBC's Children in Need by appearing on the the makeover programme Celebrity Scissorhands last Saturday.

The 18-year-olds, who left Ripon Grammar School in the summer, are taking a gap year before going to university and appeared on the same programme as The Cheeky Girls to undergo radical new haircuts and a complete makeover..

The programme features a team of untrained celebrities, including Lucinda Ledgerwood from The Apprentice, on a three-week crash course in hairdressing and beauty therapy, and resident stylist Steve Strange from 80s new romantic band Visage.

Tom's transformation was undertaken by Lucinda, while Jim's slightly more bizarre makeover came courtesy of Steve Strange.

The two brothers raised 320, including a generous donation of 100 from the Hob Green Hotel at Markington where they work as part-time waiters to raise funds for their gap year travelling to Hong Kong, Australia and the USA.

In a catwalk style parade Lucinda's makeover of Tom won by a vote of professionals 13 to 3 over Jim's by Steve Strange. Jim said: "It was a weird but amazing experience, including Steve Strange walking out on the programme in a fit of pique at losing to Lucinda, or 'illness' as it was officially stated."

Both thoroughly enjoyed their day of transformation, although according to Tom: "We got more than a few scary stares from fellow passengers on Saturday's late-night train back from King's Cross."

Their only regret was that even though they appeared on the same programme, they didn't actually get to meet their twin counterparts, The Cheeky Girls, who made only a flying visit to the Celebrity Scissorhands Academy en route to a party while the boys were in makeover.