Have you spotted him? Wymondham lorry driver transforms into Tinkerbell for unusual Children in Need fundraiser
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If you've been enduring the humdrum drive to work this week, blasting the heating and flicking through radio stations, you might have been distracted by a rather unusual sight.
For one admirable lorry driver from Norwich has been giving motorists cause for a second glance – by heading out on his daily rounds dressed as Peter Pan's sassy fairy Tinkerbell.
But father-of-four Glynn Heyes hasn't lost the plot – the glittery green get-up is a Children in Need fundraising stunt which has seen him turn into Wonderwoman, Minnie Mouse and an elderly lady over the years.
The 48-year-old, who works for Standley Steel Stockholders, in Wymondham, has been braving the laughter and funny looks, not to mention the cold, at building sites and offices all week.
But the idea, which he hopes will raise £1,000 for the cause, only started as a bet four years ago.
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'I said to my boss that I'd go a year without damaging the truck I drive for work, but I did damage it. The forfeit was that I had to dress as a woman for a week. It was around the time of Children in Need, so I said as I'm already doing it I might as well do it for charity,' he said.
That year, Mr Heyes, who lives in Heartease, raised £350. But his second year as Wonderwoman saw him raise his total and collect £750, with last year's appearance as Minnie Mouse raising £1,300.
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'I do all my deliveries out in the truck, on building sites and at people's houses dressed up. I have said when I go in I don't expect to get money, as long as I make people smile that's enough. So far I'm at about £700, but it would be lovely to get to £1,000 again,' he said.
Although his dressing up might be a hit on the road, Mr Heyes' four children aren't quite as pleased. 'My daughter asked if they would read out my name on TV for Children in Need and when I said they would she said she was so embarrassed about going back into college.
'But they've been great. My children have taken photos into college to help raise money so they are all supportive,' he said.
To donate, contact Standley Steel on 01953 602116.
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