5 Time People Chose Charity Over Dignity

By Reece Chaplin

Fundraising for charity isn’t just about running marathons, climbing mountains or skydiving from thousands of feet in the air. There are many weird, wonderful and creative ways to raise money and awareness for good causes. Here are five people that have taken charity fundraising from the sublime to the ridiculous — all in the name of a good cause!

‘A Poo With A View’

In at number one, with a focus on number twos, is 32-year old Paul Silver. Paul suffers from Crohn’s disease — a chronic health condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system. Paul with a procedure to remove his large bowel, have his bum sewn shut and his small bowel attached to the side of his torso with a stoma attached, Paul wanted to make his final poo count. Not only that, he wanted to share the experience with the world and raise money for Crohn’s and Colitis in Childhood in the process - a great cause that aims to make life better for the 300,000 people in the UK.

Paul has visited some of the finest cubicles in the country, including but not limited to: Harrods, the Royal Albert Hall and The Shard.

Paul Silver’s Shard experience
‘I look at it like this: I lost my dignity a long time ago; I’ve had all these procedures done to me, like colonoscopies, and when it comes to this activity I don’t have any dignity left, and I’m glad that’s gone because I can have fun with that now’, said Paul.

He’s raised more than £2,700 on his JustGiving page for good cause Crohn’s and Colitis in Childhood.

Playing Dress Up For 365 Days

Aaron Lawrence has set himself the challenging (both logistically and socially!) target of dressing up in a different fancy dress costume every day for an entire year.

Yes, that even includes at a job interview, wedding and any other event in his life.

Why? You might ask.

Aaron has one goal in sight — raising money and awareness for MindOut, a mental health service run by and for LGBTQ people.

MindOut provides advice and information to help people living with mental health issues. They’re there to offer their support as well as be a voice for someone to speak to.

So far Aaron has dressed to impress as Robin Hood, Spiderman and the Devil.

The grand finale will be on 30th September, when Aaron will host a fancy dress party for everyone to celebrate his year in costume and to thank of all the people who have generously supported his great cause.

So far he has raised over £9,000 out of his target of £15,000. You can donate to his JustGiving page here.

Aaron Lawrence’s costume bonanza

A Tattoo That’s Not Pompey Blue

One fundraiser who felt the physical effect of his fundraising challenge is lifelong Portsmouth football fan Jamie Sullivan, who was inspired to raise money after his friend’s little girl Lola-Mai Burns was diagnosed with cancer.

This would come at a cost for the 29-year-old and in the shape of a tattoo of the Southampton FC banner.

To add even more embarrassment to Jamie, the tattoo would be inked underneath his beloved Portsmouth FC crest on his right leg.

He said: ‘Having Southampton right next to the Pompey crest is sacrilege, but it was good to raise money for charity.’

Jamie’s target was to raise £200 but thanks to the generosity of donators (mainly Southampton fans) he managed to raise £555 on his JustGiving page.

All donations went to Portsmouth and Southampton Hospitals Trusts, and Cancer Research UK.

Watch below to see Jamie getting his football teams bitter rivals logo tattooed on his leg.

Rocking Around In #Dancember!

What better way to entertain people at your own expense than with very bad grandad dancing?

The idea and bad dancers behind this are Lewis bullock and Luke Bonner. Two mates from Bournemouth who set up #Dancember.

#Dancember consists of Luke and Lewis performing and filming awkward dance routines in public places throughout December 2015 for charity.

‘We try and find locations which are a bit rubbish, where we know there will be some interaction, where people will look at us but, in a very British way, they will also just completely ignore us. We just rock up and dance,’ said Lewis.

They raised over £1,700 on their JustGiving page for Macmillan Cancer Support, Julia’s House Children’s Hospice and Oakhaven Trust.

A Royal Poop Selfie

Last but definitely not least and keeping in line with the first on our list is WaterAid. Committed team members dressed up as giant poo to help host their Women Deliver’s 4th Global Conference in Copenhagen this year. The reason? To raise awareness of the importance of women and girls having access to menstrual hygiene management and education programs.

Selfies, have become something of a phenomenon but how do you make it even better? By adding a giant poo of course! You’d have to be constipated not to want one.

Even royalty couldn’t resist having a #pooselfie, with Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid getting in on the act.

You can donate to WaterAid’s page on JustGiving here.

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