Stu­dent Fiona’s slips into cos­tume to go bananas for char­ity

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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.

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