Big pink dress charity fundraiser set to dig out his best frock for Alice-inspired tea party in South Shields

A man who has made his name wearing a Big Pink Dress in aid of charity will once again be putting on his best frock.

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017, 8:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:10 am

Colin Plews has joined forces with South Shields Co-Op Funeralcare to hold a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Friday.

The Alice in Wonderland inspired-event - featuring games and stalls - will raise funds for Breast Cancer Now, Tiny Lives and the Children’s Heart Unit Foundation (CHUF)

Colin, who has raised thousands for several charities over the years with his over-sized gowns as a trademark look, will be dressed as Alice to host the event while staff from the funeral home will be dressed as the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts.

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Cheryle Waters, admin arranger for Co-op Funeralcare in South Shields, said: “We’ve got a whole host of exciting activities planned that will hopefully help give their funds a boost.

“We urge everyone from the area to grab their best fancy dress costumes and come down to join us.”

Activities on the day include a raffle, a “Lucky Chess” game and “Pin the Grin on the Cheshire Cat”.

There will also be an “Eat Me, Drink Me” buffet packed with sandwiches and cakes, a make-your-own-hat stand and a stall selling handmade jewellery, bags and scarves.

Mr Plews said: “Each of these causes are very dear to my heart. Not only have I lost someone to breast cancer, but a friend’s grandson received a huge amount of support from CHUF.

“Over the years, I’ve done a lot of work with each of them, and I feel they’re vital to the local area.

The event will be held at The Maltings in Claypath Lane, on Friday from 3pm-6pm.