Two fairy-tale princesses spent an entire day parading around the Oxfordshire town of Banbury to raise money and awareness for CLIC Sargent.
The pair, who are both professional children’s entertainers, chose to take on this event in their spare time, after being inspired by a five-year-old girl who has just completed her treatment for Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Rapunzel, aka Jemma Hibberd, said: “She’s such an amazing little soul and we were touched to be there to entertain at her end of treatment party.”
Full princess costume!
Jemma and Bridie spent all day going about their normal weekend tasks like going to the shops, having lunch and feeding the family - all dressed in full princess costume.
Their philanthropic activities also grabbed the media’s attention, with coverage in all the Oxfordshire papers and a wonderful interview on BBC Radio Oxford.
Jemma added: “You might think this is easy, it's what we do on a daily basis, but let me tell you... it's not comfortable, it's hot, the wigs are heavy and itchy, you can't sit properly or eat normally and all of this on top of a very busy day, rain or hot sunshine?!”
Cinderella, aka Bridie Kate Gibbs, said: “You would not believe, I feel like a balloon trying to get all the dress piled into the car!”
An incredible sum
Bridie and Jemma have donated over £400 for CLIC Sargent through their Princess-a-thon, a truly incredible sum.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager James McDonald said: “A donation like this could fund CLIC Sargent’s Information Service for a whole day. The service provides families with vital information about childhood cancers, to help them cope with impact of cancer on their lives.
“I can’t thank Jemma and Bridie enough. This simple idea was brilliantly executed and enjoyed by all in Banbury!”
There’s still time to show your support and donate on their official JustGiving page.