Ipswich: Barbara is full of beans after Comic Relief fundraiser

Barbara Turner sat in a paddling pool full of baked beans in TK Maxx in aid of Comic Relief. Picture

Barbara Turner sat in a paddling pool full of baked beans in TK Maxx in aid of Comic Relief. Pictured with fellow staff at TX Maxx.

A SAUCY fundraiser caught the attention of shoppers in the Buttermarket.

Barbara Turner, an associate at TK Maxx, took a dive into a paddling pool full of baked beans in the middle of the store to raise money for Comic Relief.

The 68-year-old, of Handford Road, took on the challenge dressed in a Victorian bathing suit costume, made by a friend especially for the day.

Mrs Turner said: “My husband said he would donate £100 if I sat in a bath of baked beans for Comic Relief and I don’t think he thought I would do it, but I did.”

Mrs Turner walked round the shop with a collection bucket beforehand then charged 50p a go for people to pour a can of baked beans over her.

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Together with sponsorship, she managed to raise just over £500 for the charity.

“I enjoyed it,” she said. “The staff thought it was brilliant and afterwards everybody said they were proud of me.

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“Customers were coming in and taking pictures and someone made a film of it.

Barbara’s husband Raymond said he was “very proud” of his wife’s effort.

“I’m going to do something different next year,” she said. “I’m game for anything, me.”

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