Just under a month after losing her great grandmother to cancer, Bury St Edmunds teenager Sophie Jarman has dressed in a onesie in the town centre today (30), to raise money for charity.
The 19-year-old from the Howard estate in Bury, said she planned to hold a series of fund-raising events for Cancer Research UK in memory of great grandmother Joan Hunt from Kings Lynn who died on October 1 aged 83.
“I’ve wanted to do fund-raising for Cancer Research UK and Macmillan for ages.
“It wasn’t until I lost my great grandmother that it gave me the kick up the bum to get on with it.
“She had had breast cancer when she was younger and my great grandad has been in remission for cancer for four years.
“It is just a really good cause.”
The Tesco store worker is now planning other fund-raisers.
“Next year I’m planning to do a sky-dive – which is going to be fun as I’m scared of heights,” she said.
She is also planning to get handcuffed to a friend and only released when they raise a certain level of ‘bail’ money.
Today’s fund-raising launch saw Sophie helped by friends Brittany Noakes, 18, and Tina and Sally Rae.
“We decided to start it all off wearing onesies. It is something a bit different, a bit of fun.”
She said she aims to raise between £1,500 to £2,000 over a year.