AN auction selling off celebrities’ pants isn’t the usual way to raise money for charity.
But that’s exactly what Janine Taylor and Stacey Williams, both from Hayling Island, did for Cancer Research UK – and they managed to make £2,340 at their event at the Royal Beach Hotel, in Southsea.
I’ve had some mad ideas in the past but this was definitely one of the better ones.Janine Taylor
Janine, 35, has been battling breast cancer since November 2014 and, although the cancer is non-active, she hasn’t been given the all-clear.
To give something back for those who helped her with her treatment, Janine had the idea of holding an auction that sold celebrities’ underwear as well as signed sporting memorabilia.
She said: ‘I’ve had some mad ideas in the past but this was definitely one of the better ones. I couldn’t jump out of a plane because I’m scared of heights but I’m good at raising parties and having a good time.’
Janine began campaigning on Twitter to get celebrities to donate their underwear to the proceeds.
When doing so, she was offered a helping hand from Stacey, who she did not know.
‘I actually thought it was a bit weird at first that someone was willing to help me without knowing me,’ Janine added. ‘Stacey is one of those people who is involved in everything and is well known in Hayling Island.
‘We then met for lunch and have spoken nearly every day since – I couldn’t have done it without her.
‘Jeremy Kyle offered us his pants and then he started tweeting other celebrities to donate.
‘Someone on the night asked me if this would be an annual thing and it definitely will be and we’ll try and top it each year.’
Stacey said: ‘We were really happy with the event and raised much more than expected. Everyone has been touched by cancer and it’s amazing that Janine is giving something back,’
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