'Duct tape your teacher to a wall,' charity tells pupils in Milton Keynes

A leading MK charity is encouraging pupils to duct tape their teacher to the wall as part of an annual fundraiser.

Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 1:35 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 1:36 pm

Willen Hospice chief executive Peta Wilkinson acted as a guinea pig when she was taped to a wall this week to promote the 'Go Blue for Willen' event.

The two week campaign is one of the charity's biggest money spinners. Work places, schools, families and friends are urged to take part in any fundraising event of their choice providing the theme is blue - the hospice's corporate colour.

Campaign organisers have come up with a list of suggestions that includes "taping your teacher, boss or colleague to a wall" and charging a fee to stick a blue strip on to keep them up.

Willen Hospice chief executive Peta demonstrates the wall taping technique

Other ideas include dressing in blue or denim for the day, holding a blue bake sale and blue themed games.

.Peta said: “I’ve been asked to do some crazy things in the past – skydive, abseil, walk on fire, but being taped to a wall has never come up before. It just shows that there are so many ways to raise money, you can be as creative as you like."

She added: “Go Blue for Willen is one of the most important campaigns in our calendar. It provides a great opportunity for people to have a bit of fun while raising vital funds at the same time. The community are always so supportive and we love seeing the different ways they get involved.”

The charity’s high street shops will also be getting involved by holding a Blue Cross Sale for shoppers to grab some bargains during the fortnight.

Willen Hospice needs to raise £4.7 million a year - the equivalent of £9 a minute - to continue caring for patients at the Hospice and in the community.

Fundraising ideas and downloadable resources are available on the Hospice website www.willen-hospice.org.uk/blue or call 01908 303071.