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

15:00 20 February 2014

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.

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

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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