There’s nothing like a dame

The mayor and mayoress with family, friends and supporters of St.'Wilfrids
The mayor and mayoress with family, friends and supporters of St.'Wilfrids

Thirty men dressed in drag paraded through the town centre to raise cash for St Wilfrid’s Hospice last weekend.

The Dame for a Laugh event is thought to have raised an impressive £5,000 for the new £11.5m hospice which has just been built off Broadwater Way. The money will help to furnish some of the in-patient rooms.

Among the male hospice supporters was the Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Mike Thompson who swapped his trousers for a frock. Shoppers watched as the 30 men took part in the sponsored event and shook their St Wilfrid’s Hospice collection buckets.

This was the first Dame for a Laugh but organisers are hoping it will become an annual fundraiser and be bigger and better in 2014.

The next fundraiser for the hospice is the annual Jim Jam Walk – a 10k walk along the seafront next month.

For more details call 01323 644500 or email events@stwhospice.org. Information about all the charity’s fundraisers can be found at www.stwhospice.org.