Mayor calls on men in pants for charity walk

CALLING all superheroes – or, at least, men prepared to wear their pants over their trousers in the name of charity! Mayor of Bideford Andy Powell is hoping to boost his mayoral charity collections for the prostate cancer Chestnut Appeal with a He-Man wal

CALLING all superheroes - or, at least, men prepared to wear their pants over their trousers in the name of charity!

Mayor of Bideford Andy Powell is hoping to boost his mayoral charity collections for the prostate cancer Chestnut Appeal with a He-Man walk/run around the town.

Andy is calling on men to wear their pants on the outside for the event, inspired by the vision of the women who have done the same with their bras in Race For Life charity runs for the breast cancer charity.

"I am hoping to bring a bit of humour to the event, with participants choosing whatever pants they want, be it Superman style or frillies. The plan is for a bit of a laugh, a blokey thing, " he told the Gazette.


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"Charity fund raising has been difficult because of the needs of major appeals such as Help the Heroes and the recent Haiti disaster and we have been hit by recession. Other charities I have spoken with have all struggled. But, inspired by the women, I am hoping this event will take off. This year prostate cancer will become Britain's biggest killer, overtaking breast cancer."

A provisional date had been set for April 23, with the walk/run starting and finishing either at Victoria Park or the Sports ground, he said.

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It would take participants over a 12-mile course to the coastal footpath, then to The Big Sheep at Abbotsham for a refreshment stop and on to the Atlantic Village and back into town. There would also be the opportunity of a short-cut route for those who wanted, he said.

But before the final arrangements can be put in place Andy would like to hear from anyone interested in taking part and also from anyone who could lend a helping hand as volunteer stewards.

They should contact him via e-mail:- andy@question.plus.com making sure to provide a name and address and contact details.

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