Charity champ Colin is back on the run again - but he needs a new big pink dress

Charity champion Colin Burgin-Plews is set to boost his running total for the fight against cancer.
Charity champion Colin Burgin-Plews is set to boost his running total for the fight against cancer.

A colourful charity champion is stepping back on the fundraising trail - just months after he feared injury would force him to pack up his big pink dress for the last time.

Caring Colin Burgin-Plews has raised thousands of pounds for the fight against cancer since first donning his eye-catching pink dress at the Great North Run in 2014.

He followed that up by becoming the unlikely star of his very own calendar, featuring him dressed in his popular pink attire in a host of landmark locations across South Tyneside, and also taken part in the London Marathon.

The dedicated dad, who lives in West Harton, South Shields, with fiancee Cath Burgin and son Ollie, has already raised over £15,000 for Breast Cancer Now.

But his charity efforts suffered a false start when he was diagnosed with tenosynovitis (an inflammation and swelling of the tendons in his right ankle) in October - and told he may never run again.

However, he has staged a remarkable recovery thanks to a period of rest and rehabilitation - and has set his sights on being back on the start line for another shot at the London Marathon in April.

After medical assessments, Colin now has an appointment with a biomechanic later this month to check his health status..

After announcing his plight in November, Colin was offered a year’s free membership at Lifestyle fitness at Crossgate by Jonathon Henderson with the services of personal trainer Jamie Gray.

He was given advice on what to do to help heal the injury and an exercise programme to follow alongside nutritional advice. He was also offered free sports massages by Emily Owen at REC Therapies at Laygate.

As a result, Colin is now well on the road to recovery and is confident he will be fit enough to complete the marathon.

But he now needs a new dress to ensure he is back in the pink for his big marathon date.

His initial injury was caused by tripping over his Big Pink Dress in last year’s London Marathon and breaking two toes and he is keen for history not to repeat itself.

He has designed a dress which will enable him to move more freely and hopefully more safely but it is going to be expensive to make.

Colin said: "“The dress will cost approximately £250 to make, there’s a lot of material, padding, hoops, foam body suit etc and we’d love a company to sponsor it.

"The company logo or name can be incorporated into the design and I always manage to get TV coverage plus over 1,000 followers on facebook and another 1,000 on twitter.”

If anybody can help, they can contact the Big Pink Dress fundraising team