Charity champ Colin wants to become calendar ‘girl’

Colin Plews wearing his big pink dress.
Colin Plews wearing his big pink dress.

A South Tyneside charity champ needs a helping hand so he can become a “calendar girl”.

Colin Plews has completed a number of gruelling running challenges while wearing a pink dress to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Campaign.

Ideally we’d like 12 sponsors, one for every month of the year.

Colin Plews, fundraiser

The 46-year-old is now hoping to produce a second charity calendar and is on the lookout for sponsors.

Care home chef Colin, of Talbot Road, South Shields, said: “So far, with all the runs, we have raised over £8,000, and we want to continue to raise money and awareness to help find a cure for cancer.

“Last year I made a calendar, but it was very last minute, and this year, we want to do the same.

“This time, we’ll include locations like Newcastle Quayside, Penshaw Monument, Tynemouth and other places across the region.

“Ideally, we’d like 12 sponsors, one for every month of the year, but even if we only get a few, that would still be a great help.”

“We’ve already had two or three businesses getting in touch on our Facebook page, so we’re already off to an amazing start.”

Last year, Colin’s calendar raised £950 after 150 copies were sold.

It featured several of the borough’s landmarks, including the Conversation Piece statues at Littlehaven Beach and Marsden Rock, both in South Shields.

This time round, Colin’s fundraising team are hoping to sell twice as many calendars.

Colin recently completed the London Marathon in six hours 14 minutes while wearing his three-stone dress.

However, despite being in agony after tripping on his dress and breaking two of his toes on his right foot, he also went on to run in the Manchester 10k race held earlier this month.

Next week, he will be taking part in the official launch of the Great North 10k at Gateshead Stadium, with the run set to be held on Sunday, July 5.

To sponsor a page in Colin’s calendar, or for more information, email