Raise spirits and raise money

Three years ago I lost my brother Dave. He had a sudden heart attack in the middle of the night. When Dave died there was a huge void in my life. I found it hard to cope with.  I decided to start fundraising for the British Heart Foundation and when I organised a Wear it. […]

“I was dressed in six-inch platform boots and was head-to-toe in glitter”

Three years ago I lost my brother Dave.

He had a sudden heart attack in the middle of the night.

When Dave died there was a huge void in my life. I found it hard to cope with. 

I decided to start fundraising for the British Heart Foundation and when I organised a Wear it. Beat it event it just felt like the right time. It was something to raise people’s spirits and to raise money.

I have a close group of friends and we call ourselves the ‘Glitter Sisters’.

We all have charities that we care about, and we support each other’s fundraising and events.

We absolutely love ABBA and so I came up with the idea of putting on a “Singalong a Mamma Mia” event.

We had a lot of help from local businesses sending us great raffle prizes, and our local CineWorld cinema allowed us to hold the event in one of its screening rooms.

We played the film Mama Mia, and everyone sang along and got up to dance.

I was dressed in six-inch platform boots and was head to toe in glitter.

It was such a fun and uplifting event.

I would say to anyone thinking of organising an event for Wear it. Beat it to go for it! As long as you enjoy it, and the people who take part enjoy it, that’s the most important thing.

You’ll be doing something really positive.

Colleen Dunn

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