RARELY have a pirate and a princess made such a winning team.
Natalie Gillson, of Fareham, and her boyfriend Lloyd Phillips dressed up as fanciful characters to raise money for charity – with amazing success.
Natalie and Lloyd collected £263.54 in a day for the Make-A-Wish Foundation charity through bucket collections in Fareham’s West Street.
She said the costumes got a great response from shoppers.
Natalie said: ‘The public were fantastic, children were keen to donate and get photos, and not just children.’
The couple aim to raise £8,000 during the next year, beating last year’s figure of £5,000.
Natalie said she wanted to raise the money because Make-A-Wish was a charity she believed in.
She said: ‘Make-A-Wish grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses and the money is put to such good use.
‘The wishes make a huge difference to the children and to their families too.’
Natalie said she had often got to meet people who knew children who’d had a wish granted and they all had wonderful things to say about the charity.
As well as bucket collections, Natalie has planned quizzes and bake sales and will be collecting in Bath and Lincoln before Christmas and in Portsmouth in the new year. The couple are also planning to trek the Grand Canyon in May next year and are looking for sponsorship, as they aim to raise money and awareness for the charity.
So far the pair have raised £2,148.29 out of their £7,825 target for the trek.
Natalie and Lloyd met at a charity fundraising event in 2011.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation started in 1986 and with the help of volunteers has granted over 9,000 wishes to date to children fighting life-threatening illnesses.
More details about their fundraising challenge can be read online at crossthecanyon.tk.
Anyone who would like to donate can go to the JustGiving page justgiving.com/crossthecanyon.