Pants idea raises £6,000 for charity

THERE are some ideas which are pants. And there are some ideas which are pants and make a lot of money for charity. Hanging the vicar s knickers and a selection of under garments on a washing line as part of a fundraising quiz is one such idea and has he

THERE are some ideas which are pants. And there are some ideas which are pants and make a lot of money for charity. Hanging the vicar's knickers and a selection of under garments on a washing line as part of a fundraising quiz is one such idea and has helped raise £6,000.

The event was organised by four women - Alison Meadows, Helen Boothman, Fiona Fish and Karen Pryor - from Houghton and Wyton and raised £6,000 to allow them to go to Namibia to help refurbish a school.

The pants quiz was part of an evening aptly called Whose Pants Are These Anyway?

A washing line of pants was set up in the hall at Houghton and Wyton Primary School and participants had to guess who owned each pair of undies.


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The four women organised the event as a group calling itself PANTS as it is raising money for Parkinson's Disease Society, Alzheimer's Society and Namibia Tour for School.

The PANTS members asked 12 respected residents if they could buy the pants the believed the residents would wear and put them in the quiz.

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More than 100 people took part in the quiz, guessing the owners of the lacy knickers, the colourful boxer shorts, and even a pair of long johns, supposedly owned by the village vicar.

Mrs Meadows, who runs a public relations company, said: "The quiz was really good fun and we raised more money than we ever imagined we would.

"We did not want to play up the pants theme too much in case people thought it was tacky but everyone seemed to think it was funny and took it in the spirit it was intended."

The evening also featured an auction by BBC Two's Flog It auctioneer, David Palmer, and Tony Pryor from Ramsey Auctions. Lots included a week in a villa in Cyprus.

To help PANTS reach their £20,000 fundraising target, a charity ball has been organised to take place at the Marriott Hotel in Huntingdon on April 18, 2009.

There will also be a Pants quiz at the ball.

Mrs Meadows added: "We wanted to raise money for the Namibian school project because we wanted to do something different rather than a charity cycle ride or walk.

"We also wanted to raise money for the two other charities because the diseases have had an impact on our lives."

INFORMATION: To make a donation to PANTS or to find out more, visit www.charitypants.org.uk. Charity ball tickets cost £45 from Alison Meadows on 07976301694.

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