Charity champion Big Pink Dress man's heartfelt thank you to supporters as he reflects on 'one of his toughest' years

The much-loved fundraiser has sent a touching message to his supporters as he looks forward to the year ahead.

Monday, 30th December 2019, 6:00 am

Best known for his incredible fundraising efforts taking on sporting events while wearing weird and wonderful dresses, Colin Burgin-Plews has raised more than £120,000 for charity, since he launched the Big Pink Dress five years ago.

Throughout 2019 alone he has managed to raise around £19,000, despite battling a health scare for much of the year.

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Big Pink Dress fundraiser Colin Burgin-Plews is looking forward to the year ahead.

“It’s been one of my toughest this year as Big Pink Dress, I’ve been in hospital about four times, but on the other hand the support I have had has been unbelievable. This is what I love about what I do, you see the great side of people,” he said.

Now back to good health he says he is “taking every day as it comes and living life to the full”.

Big Pink Dress fundraiser Colin Burgin-Plews is looking forward to the year ahead.

“I lost a few friends this year and it makes you realise there’s more to life than moaning about Brexit,” he said.

In January he will start training for the London Marathon, which he is completing for Macmillan in his first ever contactless dress. He will also take part in the Great North Run, this time for for Oasis Community Housing, and the Great Manchester Run for Darcy’s Dream.

Colin added: “I just want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported me.

Big Pink Dress fundraiser Colin Burgin-Plews is looking forward to the year ahead.

“The people in South Shields and the North East have been incredible, without their support it would be totally pointless. They kept me going when things were tough.”