Alec caused a stir in Westminster this week as he vowed to wear a onesie to work in his bid to raise £5,000 for local children’s hospice, Martin House. Alec’s participation in the ‘Good Night’s Sleep’ appeal, supported by BBC Radio York, is expected to raise the appeal’s profile nationally and help reach their £120,000 target.
Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa provide care and support for children and young people with short life expectancies. Teaming up with BBC Radio York the charity have launched the Good Night’s Sleep appeal – a ‘wear your pyjamas to work’ appeal to raise much needed funds.
Alec has vowed to help raise the appeal’s profile nationally. If he hits his fundraising target of £5,000, he has agreed to go through the Division Lobby of the House of Commons wearing a tiger-striped onesie. Appearing on BBC2’s Daily Politics to publicise the appeal he was asked whether this was an appropriate thing for an MP to do, he replied: “Why not? This appeal is about getting ordinary people to wear something silly to work and raise money for a great charity in my constituency. If I raise £5,000 but look a bit of a fool for doing it I don’t mind”.
You can help Alec reach his £5,000 target by donating to the ‘Good Night’s Sleep’ appeal via his JustGiving page online at www.justgiving.com/ashelbrookemp or by post to Alec Shelbrooke MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, making cheques payable to Martin House Children’s Hospice.