Banbury businesswoman set to help fight heart disease in August

Judy Mansfield NNL-150727-113157001
Judy Mansfield NNL-150727-113157001

Banbury celebrant Judy Mansfield is raising funds for the British Heart Foundation during August by hiring herself out to businesses and individuals.

In a move reminiscent of the Boy Scouts’ Bob-a-Job week, Mrs Mansfield will work for a minimum of one hour for a minimum £10 donation. Pledges and requests have already come rolling in from shops, offices, a funeral director and a pub.

She said: “I’m up for anything as long as it isn’t illegal, immoral or obscene! Colleagues in the wedding and funeral industry have been very supportive with finding work for me to do. I am looking to it all immensely.

“A friend who knows I don’t do ‘relaxing’ very often or very well, has pledged to donate £10 if I take a whole hour off to do absolutely nothing. She knows how tough that assignment will be for me!”

Mrs Mansfield already has several varied bookings in her diary, including babysitting, dog sitting, washing up, making teas, filing paperwork, social media and marking promotion and even an hour’s conversation practice in French for someone who is about to move to Belgium.

The British Heart Foundation fundraising initiative is called Challenge50, with many businesses already volunteering to raise at least £50 during August.

Rachel Davis, Oxfordshire fundraising manager for the charity, already has 18 businesses signed up with each pledging to raise at least £50, and said more are welcome to join the challenge.

She added: “I’m so excited to hear how everyone is planning to raise their £50 – there is so much creativity and I’m overwhelmed at the take up for this first Challenge 50.”

Anyone wanting to get involved in the Challenge50 can call 01905 863181, or to get in touch with Mrs Mansfield call 07713 278699.