HERCULES may have gone down in history for completing his 12 labours, but an Eastbourne woman has gone 11 better, all in the name of charity.
Jaime Naish, pictured, asked friends to set her a host of tasks for her to complete in one 24-hour stretch, in return for a donation to a project she is visiting in India.
Included on the list which she was only given on the morning of the hunt was finding a man named Dave and getting him to pose for a photo outside McDonald’s complete with his ID and getting an autograph from a local fisherman.
The 34-year-old also had to find a stone with a hole through the middle on Eastbourne beach, buy a cube of rum and raisin fudge, and have a photo taken with a zombie.
Further afield, the fundraiser had to serenade someone outside a Hastings shop and pose with a Lewes policeman for a quick snap.
However, despite the ordeal, Jaime said the hardest was to eat two spoonfuls of cold baked beans after every task. “It might not sound bad but I have a phobia of beans so it was terrible,” she said.
“Other than that the hardest to do was to find a copy of the Metro newspaper. I did the hunt on a Saturday and the paper does not come out that day so I had to hunt through bins and stations to try and track one down. In the end someone at Brighton Station found one from the day before.
“It was hard, but it was also a lot of fun.”
All in all the scavenger hunt raised £779 which will head to India with Ms Naish on boxing day. She explained, “I was raising money for the Russ Foundation.
“I visited its projects in India in 1994 when I was 17 and helped on site at their orphanage in Madurai. This year I am returning to Russ to see how the project has grown over the last 17 years.
“It now has many community projects including home for parentless children, vocational training, AIDS prevention and support and much more.
“I owe a big thank you to everyone who donated, set tasks and helped on the day.”
For more information on the charity or to offer a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/Jaime-Naish.