All smiles despite world record attempt falling short for Whittlesey man

Lee Stewart receiving help from Sue Gavaghan and Santa Brozvova
Lee Stewart receiving help from Sue Gavaghan and Santa Brozvova
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A failed world record attempt to wear the most t-shirts at any one time is only a temporary setback, according to the Whittlesey man who took on the challenge.

Lee Stewart (30) is confident he will be break the record next year after having to admit defeat last Saturday in his world record bid.

Lee, of Mansion Gardens, was trying to beat the record of wearing 257 t-shirts.

But unfortunately with 90 t-shirts on he began to lose circulation to his head, so the t-shirts were cut off him.

Despite the disappointment Lee began the challenge again, but this time the t-shirts put on him only increased in size after every 30, rather than every 20.

The result was he managed to make it to 140 to break the British record before running out of 7XL t-shirts to put on.

Lee’s challenge at the Animal Helpline Dog Show, at the Haycock Hotel in Wansford, was to help raise money for the Animal Helpine Dog Rescue near RAF Wittering where he volunteers once a week.

He said: “I was a bit disappointed not to break the record but I wanted to raise awareness for the dog show which was a really enjoyable day.” Money raised at the show will help the shelter upgrade its play pen for the dogs.

Other activities at the show included a dog parade and stalls. Lee decided on the challenge after a donation of 300 t-shirts to the shelter sparked the idea in his mind. And despite Saturday’s setback he is eager to try again next year.

He added: “It was quite uncomfortable and the t-shirts went up to my nose, but I did not feel too bad and I was able to stand up. I definitely think I will have another crack at it next year and I can’t see why I won’t do it.” To donate to the shelter, visit www.justgiving.com/leestewart2015.