Mannequins come to life in Huntingdon to raise money for Sue Ryder

Freedom February at Sue Ryder, Huntingdon, shop volunteer John Satsaengput-Rudd, modelling in the window, with son Alex Satsaengput-Rudd (12), watched by Mayor Bill Hensley. Freedom February at Sue Ryder, Huntingdon, shop volunteer John Satsaengput-Rudd, modelling in the window, with son Alex Satsaengput-Rudd (12), watched by Mayor Bill Hensley.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
3:00 PM

A Huntingdon charity shop became the talk of the town after one of its volunteers modelled some quirky sartorial choices on Saturday (February 15).

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Freedom February at Sue Ryder, Huntingdon, shop volunteer John Satsaengput-Rudd, modelling in the window,Freedom February at Sue Ryder, Huntingdon, shop volunteer John Satsaengput-Rudd, modelling in the window,

John Satsaengput-Rudd made the window his stage as he modelled items from the Sue Ryder shop rails, putting his image in the hands of the public who, in return for a donation, could choose his outfits,

While some were kind, others decided to get their money’s worth. Mr Satsaengput-Rudd was told to wear everything from a feathery scarf to a mini skirt – all in the name of fundraising.

In total he collected £150, but much more was raised through increased sales at the shop on the day. Donations from each wannabe stylist ranged from 50p to as much as £20.

The event was part of their Freedom February fundraising push and proceeds will be donated to Thorpe Hall Hospice, Peterborough.

Mr Satsaengput-Rudd said: “I wanted to raise money and the profile of Sue Ryder and support those with long-term illnesses and their families.

“It is a worthwhile charity and we have really nice people working at our branch. My dad passed away from cancer and I want to help people who don’t necessarily have the right sort of care available.

“The idea came from my wild imagination. I really enjoyed it but the worst outfit was the very short mini skirt.”

He even had one special spectator – Huntingdon Mayor Bill Hensley stopped by to admire the display.

“It was a fantastic idea for fundraising – and was such a worthy cause – and certainly raised a few eyebrows in the high street,” said Cllr Hensley.

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