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Peter in the pink to help Hayley from Mundesley

13:00 19 October 2012

Peter Button, one of the Roman soldiers in the Mundesley Christmas Eve pageant, has had his hair dyed pink to raise money for the Hayley Bird Kidney Transplant Fund.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Peter Button, one of the Roman soldiers in the Mundesley Christmas Eve pageant, has had his hair dyed pink to raise money for the Hayley Bird Kidney Transplant Fund. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2012

A Roman soldier could be in trouble with his superiors after having his hair dyed pink to help a local lady with health problems.

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In a clear breach of legionary legislation, Peter Button went for the eye-catching new look, which clashes somewhat with his army outfit.

The move is a signal that fundraising efforts to help the family of a young woman who may need a kidney transplant are well under way.

Hayley Bird, 25, from Mundesley suffers from nephrocalcinosis and Williams Syndrome, which have both affected her kidney, which is no longer functioning properly.

Her dad, Christopher Bird, has stepped forward and volunteered to be a donor for her should her kidney function become even worse.

Now fundraising is under way in the village to help Hayley, who was an angel in the traditional Mundesley Christmas Eve pageant last year, possibly to have a holiday.

One of those helping raise cash is Mr Button, one of the pageant’s Roman soldiers, who in a bid to kick-start the fundraising has had his hair dyed pink and put into plaits courtesy of village hairdressers, Barnets.

The Ship Inn at Mundesley is also holding an early evening music and raffle and providing light refreshments on Saturday October 27 from 5.30pm-7.30pm.

The Mundesley Christmas Eve pageant, which has a collection during the pageant, will give half the amount raised to Hayley’s fund. The other half will be donated to Cruse Bereavement.

Mr Bird said: “It is lovely that people in the village are getting behind Hayley and helping her.”

● Anyone wishing to sponsor Mr Button or give a raffle prize can contact the Ship Inn Mundesley 01263 722671.

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