Student Fiona’s slips into costume to go bananas for charity
A STUDENT opera singer from Holmer Green is set to go bananas on September 23 when she dons a banana suit for the entire day.
And Fiona Haynes, 22, Beech Tree Road, will add to this a-peeling challenge by running a marathon on October 4. She wants to raise money for Bowel & Cancer Research because her stepmother Rachel is a bowel cancer survivor.
She said: “I decided I might as well totally humiliate myself and dress up as a banana for a day.”
On September 23, she will slip into her banana suit at the Royal College of Music in London, sing her way through a ‘normal’ class on Puccini, then join a bunch of 400 music students and a full concert orchestra for a mass rehearsal.
Fiona, who went to Wycombe High School and Sir William Borlase’s Grammar and is now in her fourth year of a degree at the RCM, said: “The conductor and head of performance are letting me make a speech from the podium. My dad and stepmum will be there making a video. Everyone’s been brilliant.
“I’m aware it sounds completely nuts, but after s sending a load of emails to the h head of college, I’ve got their fu full support which means the day will be amazingly positive. I think they’re used to all th things bonkers.
“The student union will also be publicising my efforts and setting me some challenges. I’ I’ll carry around collection tins. It It’s going to be great.”
However, she will not run the m marathon, from Salisbury to Winchester, in her banana suit but will instead be wearing her Cancer Research shirt ‘with pride’.
She said: “It’s a tough marathon because it’s mostly off-road and a bit hilly, so I’ll be wearing my Bowel & Cancer Research t-shirt with pride on that day.”
She paid tribute to her entire family who are right behind her, adding: “The whole thing has been one big family effort.
C“We’re very close and I couldn’t do this without them.
“This is a cause very close to my family’s heart.
“Rachel is a very special lady who is a total inspiration and that’s why I am running for this charity.”
Chief executive of Bowel & Cancer Research Deborah Gilbert thanked Fiona for her support.
“Rachel Haynes’ story and her battle against cancer is one of the most inspiring we’ve come across. And it’s thanks to fundraisers like Fiona that our work to make sure more people survive bowel cancer in future can continue.”
Anyone who wishes to add to Fiona’s fundraising total can do so at http://www.justgiving. com/Fiona-Haynes1
Go to www.bowel cancerresearch.org.