A Sleaford charity shop volunteer is going to ‘stand up to cancer’ for two days without sitting down.
Sue Pitts, 51, helps out in the Cancer Research UK shop in Southgate, where on October 17 and 18 she intends to pull on a red wig and tutu and stand in the shop window between 9am and 5pm each day.
The only respite during her eight-hour shifts will be ‘comfort breaks’ for the toilet, otherwise she will only be able to pace about within the window display, even eating standing up.
She told the Standard: “I have just got to stand up for eight hours a day. I am beginning to regret suggesting it a bit as I have rheumatoid arthritis, but last year I stood up for cancer too and was on my feet for 14 hours in one day, but I could walk around and go on the train as long as I stood up and raised £607. I thought it would be nicer this time to incorporate it into our shop. I am hoping it will attract a few people in to support us and donate.”
Sue has already reached £800 in sponsorship pledges and hopes to top £1,000. There will be a bucket handy on the day for any donations.
Shop manager Margerie Johnson commented: “It is an amazing gesture from an amazing woman and she is just so up for it. We will be supporting her all the way.”
Everyone will be welcome to have a look, drop in and spare whatever cash they can.
The Stand Up To Cancer event is supported by Cancer Research UK and Channel Four television which will be running a show about it on October 17 featuring celebrities such as Clare Balding and Davina McCAll.
The idea started two years ago in the USA by a group of celebrities wanting to raise money for cancer research, then Cancer Research UK adopted the idea over here.