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MOST of the fun and games from this year’s Comic Relief are over, but one Felixstowe woman is still busy with a very different type of fundraising.

Charity veteran Patricia Cockerill, of Rosemary Avenue, Felixstowe, has been face painting for a few years now and has taken inspiration from that for her latest fundraising idea.

She has been raising money for Comic Relief by painting pictures on the bumps of pregnant women.

She started last week as the nation went charity-mad for the national fundraising marathon and has already raised �287 - taking her to within inches of her �300 target.

Patricia is part of a network of face painters across the country who are putting a spin on the traditional art of face painting.

She said: “We all work on our own, but the team has made about �6,000 so far. We got together from across the country to see what we could do.”

The 60 mums and painters have also set up their own table to keep up to date with their progress.

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Patricia believes the idea is spreading – fast.

She said: “It’s funny, because there is quite a demand for it now.”

Patricia is no stranger to charity work and has put her artistic talent to good use in the past.

She has raised �10,000 for Kidney Cancer UK and also produced murals for the old East Anglia Children’s Hospice, painting some of the children’s favourite cartoon characters.

She has also taken part in an abseil for charity and said: “Trying not to look scared while the photographer was taking the picture was a challenge.

“It was one of those things I would have loved to have done again right after I did it.”

There is still a chance to give money to Comic Relief through fundraisers. If you would like to sponsor Patricia you can by visiting

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