SURPRISED shoppers were in for a shock as a live mannequin posed in a shop window to raise money for a charity campaign.
Mary Bolton, 59, struck a pose in the window of ladies’ outfitters Russell Smith in Felixstowe to support East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Treehouse appeal, which has now reached �1,264,400.
“I quite enjoyed it,” she said. “I really made some people jump.”
Mrs Bolton, who lives in Felixstowe, decided to pull the stunt to help raise �3million for a new children’s hospice being built off Bixley Road in Ipswich.
The EADT is supporting the fundraising campaign.
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Sitting absolutely still in the store front for around four hours on Saturday, Mrs Bolton enjoyed causing a stir when she would wink or wave at passers-by to raise �275 on the day.
“It was so fun to see people’s reactions as they looked through the window,” she said. “The children were lovely.
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“They had such broad smiles and were waving and pointing at me.”
The quirky challenge was the second time Mrs Bolton had supported a good cause, having appeared in a shop window five years ago for a different charity.
But as the new six-bedroom hospice for life-threatened youngsters begins to take shape, Mrs Bolton decided to support the vital campaign ahead of her 60th birthday in November.
“To have a child with a life-threatening illness must be so hard,” she said.
“I wanted to do what I could.”