A TENACIOUS young woman from Westfield has been rallying round raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of her nan, Ann Molnar, who the charity cared for during her final days.
Not only did Sam Coultrip and her friends arrange a coffee morning for the day of her nan’s birthday on Saturday, but they also used their persuasive powers to prompt 25 plucky men to take on a bold challenge.
Sam said: “I had been chatting about the Macmillan Coffee Morning over a drink at the Old Woking & District Recreational Club with Emma Allen and Aneece Bear.
“We were wondering how we could get the men involved – they wouldn’t make cakes or serve drinks. That’s when Emma suggested a mile walk in women’s heels.”
To their delight, 25 lads signed up to help raise cash for the worthy cause. Sam said: “In fact they got quite competitive and ordered shoes and outfits online, so we had prizes for the best dressed, too. Carl Street came top in his blonde wig and white shoes.”
Dressed in full drag, with their high heels, and armed with collection buckets and a bit of Dutch courage, the ‘men’ tottered from the Bird in Hand pub in Mayford for a mile to the Westfield club.
Sam said: “It was fantastic. Not only were passersby on foot giving donations along the way, but traffic was actually stopping and people were throwing their change in. It made a lot of people smile.”
The aching men finished up hobbling into the club for the coffee morning and raffle – and a well-earned rest. Sam added: “There were a couple of broken shoe heels and one guy said he thought he ought to go to A&E because his toe was numb, but I just told him it was normal – that’s what us women have to go through. They all said they could never do it again.
“The coffee morning was brilliant too – 20 to 30 cakes were brought in and we sold a lot of Irish coffees.”
Sam and her friends raised more than £1,200 for Macmillan with more donations coming in.