One man is going to extraordinary new lengths to raise funds for HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, after pledging to run the Virgin London Marathon dressed as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the music video I Want To Break Free – complete with hoover.
On Saturday 22nd April, Ben Hickman will run the entire 26.2 mile course in leather miniskirt, bouffant hair-do, and of course the trademark ‘tache. If that wasn’t challenging enough, Ben will also be pushing a heavy hoover all the way to the finish line. He has already raised over £1,750 for Terrence Higgins Trust, which will be used to fund services for those living with and affected by HIV in the UK.
Ben is just one of 30 brave supporters, who have signed up to pound the pavements of the capital and raise funds and awareness for people living with HIV. Also running will be Lauren Bull, a doctor specialising in sexual health, who plans to complete the course while wearing a multi-coloured costume festooned with dozens of condoms.
Sonya Trivedy, Head of Fundraising at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “Our marathon runners are real heroes, and we can’t thank them enough for their hard work, enthusiasm, and extraordinary creativity. Our Fundraising team will be cheering them on at the race, and we wish all of them the very best of luck.”
To sponsor Ben or Lauren in their attempt, please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com and search for ‘Ben Hickman’ or ‘Lauren Bull’. For further information on the charity’s community fundraising programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.