Gallery: Countdown to the close of Mandy Hearle’s incredible 2014
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Suffolk’s most dependable daily daredevil is approaching the end of her year-long charity challenge.
It’s been 352 days and 352 adventures for fundraiser Mandy Hearle – from the exhausting and unpleasant, to the just plain ridiculous.
As of today, Mandy has just 13 challenges to fulfil before completing Mission Possible 2014 – a quest that she embarked on by jumping into the freezing water of the River Deben back on New Year’s Day.
The purpose of her wacky pursuits around Woodbridge has been to raise money for a cause that has become even more worthy of support as the year has progressed.
She was determined to raise money for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – or Doctors Without Borders – which has been at the heart of the West African Ebola crisis.
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Working for the charity was the dream of 19-year-old medical student, and eldest daughter of Mandy’s friends Marcia and Steve, Poppy Harvey, who died of anaphylaxis brought on by a severe peanut allergy.
“As the Ebola crisis has deepened the raising of funds seems ever more pressing,” said Mandy, who has added some sparkle to Mission Possible’s pink theme over recent weeks.
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December started with the creation of a 5ft advent calendar, which Mandy was challenged to produce by colleagues at Deben Pool, where it remains on display.
“This month has already seen some huge festive fun with Rudolf attending Orford School, a 9ft angel in The Thoroughfare and The Snowman in Fat Face,” she said.
“There is not long to make a huge difference to lives across the world this Christmas. Saving a life must be the best present.”
For better or worse, some challenges will stay with Mandy for a long time. She said: “Eating cat food had to be one of the very worst to date – made up for by the completely magical message in a bottle being found by a young boy in the Netherlands.”
One of the biggest single fundraising events was an auction conducted by James Neal, of Neals estate agents and auctioneers, raising more than £1,500 towards the total, which is now approaching an amazing £12,000 – 12 times the target Mandy set herself.
Find out more at facebook.com/missionpossible2014 or justgiving.com/Poppysmissionpossible2014.