Pearly King and Queen of Bermondsey and Rotherhithe raise hundreds of pounds on ‘nanny and baby’ walk

Kit Heren (18 October, 2021)

In Worthing one woman came up to Michelle and called her an angel, before giving her a pair of silver angel wings

49038Jimmy, Michelle and Carl

The Pearly King and Queen of Bermondsey and Rotherhithe dressed up as a baby and her nanny to travel about 60 miles to Brighton last week for their homeless veterans charity.

Jimmy Jukes MBE and Michelle Thorpe have raised more than £400 online for their charity UK Homes 4 Heroes and are still counting up the cash they collected en route. They are also waiting for a donation from Sainsbury’s. All in all, they expect to raise about £1,000.

Michelle dressed up as a baby and was pushed by their charity’s ambassador and veteran Carl Newbold from Rotherhithe, through London and down to Brighton on October 14-15. Jimmy was her nanny, driving the support van.

“It was hilarious,” Michelle said. “People kept stopping us and saying ‘what’s going on?'”

In Worthing, a seaside town in West Sussex, one woman came up to Michelle and called her an angel, before giving her a pair of silver angel wings worth £70.

Michelle said she and Jimmy had had a great time but that she was feeling a bit unwell after being out in the cold for so long. Carl, the only one of the three to walk all the way to Brighton is “absolutely fine”, other than a few blisters on his feet, she said.

The fundraiser is still open. Click here to donate.

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