Wacky Warwick stuntman prepares to bring in more pennies for cancer charity - The Leamington Observer

Wacky Warwick stuntman prepares to bring in more pennies for cancer charity

PROLIFIC Warwick fund-raiser Stuart Kettell is appealing for people to offload their pennies as part of his latest mission to help Macmillan Cancer Support.

The One Million Pennies Challenge marks the 14th for the self-confessed ‘Mad Fool’ who has raised more than £56,000 for the charity since he started in 2006.

The 54-year-old, from Hatton Park, has completed dozens of high-profile and often wacky stunts in the name of the charity.

They have included pushing a sprout up Mount Snowdon with his nose, being suspended in a box 25 feet above the ground for a week, completing seven marathons in seven days in a giant human hamster wheel, walking every street in Coventry on stilts, travelling from France to Coventry in a kayak, and last year travelling between John O’Groats and Lands End in a converted pedal-powered bathtub.

Stuart was named Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Birmingham Awards in March, but was previously forced to take a two-year break from his fund-raising in 2015 after being diagnosed with a leaking heart valve.

For this year’s challenge the pennies are already coming in but the race is on to raise £10,000 by the end of the year. This would equate to 3.7 tonnes of pennies which, if laid out in a straight line, would stretch 12.4 miles in length.

He said: “For this challenge it would be great to get as many people as possible involved, including schools, companies and services.

“We have about ten buckets around Warwickshire now but need your help to get more. And if a school wants to get involved they are welcome to ask me to do a challenge of some sort in return for the donation of their pennies, so we can be as creative as we like.” Visit www.willthemadfoolmakeit.co.uk for further details and to donate.

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