You’d need a p-p-poker face not to start giggling at the sight of fundraiser Mick MacDonald – but his freaky Lady Gaga get-up brought in more than £1,000 for the British Red Cross.
To most, it might seem a completely gaga way of raising money. But Mick – who runs our fire and emergency support service in Woking – wanted to do something special for Red Cross Week, the charity’s annual fundraising drive.
The fearless fundraiser spent an entire day turning heads at work dressed as the superstar. Plastered in thick make-up, he accessorised with a tight red lacy dress and platinum blonde wig.
Impressively, he also braved a pair of studded black boots with four-inch heels that turned his poor feet to mush. But then, nobody ever said high fashion was easy.
Mick said: “Last year I had my legs waxed for Red Cross Week and raised £304. I didn’t know how to beat that this year, so unwisely asked my colleagues for suggestions and this was the result. I’m already dreading what the suggestion for next year will be!”
He added: “I did delay leaving for work by 30 minutes this morning so I wouldn’t frighten the school children, but it has been good fun. I’ve never seen the office so busy on a Friday.”
Mick originally hoped to raise £750 but smashed that target early on. He’s now got over £1,000 already banked and will raise a lot more soon when he reprises his ‘character’ for a karaoke night.
And the best thing is that he knows the money will be well spent. With just £20, the Red Cross can provide blankets to keep a family warm and dry in war-ravaged areas. For £50, the Red Cross can train ten people in life-saving first aid skills in the UK. And £100 could provide four food parcels for people displaced by conflict.
He said: “I’m so pleased I’ve already passed my fundraising goal. It makes it all worthwhile – even not being able to feel my feet because the boots are too tight.”
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