Mannequins come to life in Huntingdon to raise money for Sue Ryder
15:00 20 February 2014
A Huntingdon charity shop became the talk of the town after one of its volunteers modelled some quirky sartorial choices on Saturday (February 15).
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.