Wetherby MP Alec Shelbrooke caused a stir in Westminster this week when he vowed to wear a onesie to work in his bid to raise £5,000 for Martin House children’s hospice.
Mr Shelbrooke‘s participation in the Good Night’s Sleep appeal is expected to raise the charity’s profile nationally and help them reach their £120,000 target.
Explaining why he agreed to take part in the appeal, Mr Shelbrooke told the Wetherby News: “Locally we all know what great work Martin House do providing care and support for children and young people with short life expectancies so when I heard they had teamed up with BBC Radio York to launch a wear your pyjamas to work appeal I wanted to help raise their profile nationally.”
If he hits his fundraising target, Mr Shelbrooke says he will go through the division lobby of the House of Commons wearing a tiger-striped onesie.
Appearing on BBC2’s Daily Politics to publicise his fundraising effort, he was asked if 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 doing it, I don’t mind.”
Wetherby News readers can donate to the Good Night’s Sleep appeal via Mr Shelbrooke’s JustGiving page online at www.justgiving.com/ashelbrookemp or by post to Alec Shelbrooke MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Make cheques payable to Martin House Children’s Hospice.
Wetherby MP Alec Shelbrooke on the BBC2’s Daily Politics to publicise his onesie fundraising effort for Martin House Children’s Hospice. Picture: Courtesy of BBC