Pupils from The Folkestone Academy wig-wiggled their way round Westminster as they supported the UK’s leading children and young people’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
The Westminster Wig Wiggle!
The group of nine pupils from the Kent school showed off their wacky hairdos and stylish dance moves, attracting the attention of tourists in the capital, as they spread the word about this year’s Wig Wednesday, a national fundraising event for CLIC Sargent.
The pupils also had the chance to visit Downing Street and pose outside the country’s most famous address – No. 10.
Last year, CLIC Sargent was delighted when staff and children at The Folkestone Academy sported wigs and danced around the school to create the first Wig Wiggle video.
They have now created a stunning sequel – the Westminster Wig Wiggle – which the charity hopes will inspire other schools and businesses across the country to get involved with this year’s Wig Wednesday event, which takes place on 20 May.
What is Wig Wednesday?
Wig Wednesday sees thousands of people across the UK wear wigs for the day to raise money and show solidarity with children and young people who may lose their hair through treatment for cancer.
Folkestone Academy headteacher Warren Smith said: “We are immensely proud to have been chosen to support CLIC Sargent in launching their new campaign.
"The students had the most wonderful time on Downing Street and around Parliament buildings filming their Wig Wiggle.
"They attracted a great deal of attention from onlookers, and I’m sure their new video will draw the same focus to CLIC Sargent’s wonderful cause.”
CLIC Sargent was able to organise the visit to Downing Street thanks to a partnership with the Civil Service, who have also raised more than £3,000 for the charity through a range of fundraising activities.
Showing support for young cancer patients
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Campaigns Manager Jack Cunliffe said: “It was fantastic to see the Folkestone Academy pupils wiggling in their wigs. They really took Westminster by storm. We love the Wig Wiggle and the London locals and tourists seemed to love it too! We’re also very grateful to members of the Civil Service for arranging the visit.
"Wig Wednesday is about getting together and having fun with wigs but there’s also a serious message about supporting the children and young people who may have to lose their hair through treatment for cancer.
"The funds raised will go towards CLIC Sargent’s work providing emotional, financial and practical support for children, young people and their families, whose lives are turned upside down by cancer.”
As well as inventing the Wig Wiggle, The Folkestone Academy raised £550.61 for CLIC Sargent by taking part in Wig Wednesday last year. They are looking forward to getting involved again on May 20.
Sign up for Wig Wednesday 2015
Don't 'mullet' over, sign up to take part today and tell us who you are and who you'll be taking part with - work colleagues, with your school or with friends and family.