Fun fundraiser sees Jez get shirty for a serious cause

Jez Denton
Jez Denton

A Banbury man is asking people to give the shirt off their backs to help his charity appeal.

Jez Denton, aged 43, has been raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, by undertaking a Get Shirty for Motor Neurone challenge.

Jez Denton, Day 119

Jez Denton, Day 119

The challenge has so far seen him wear a different shirt each day for 130 days, raising over £1,300 through donations to his JustGiving site.

Jez, a spare parts co-ordinator for E.P. Barrus, in Bicester, is even wearing the shirts to work, reserving the more outlandish ones for Fridays and weekends.

Jez took up the challenge in memory of his grandmother, who died from motor neurone disease.

He said: “In the 30 years since my grandmother died, very little progress has been made in finding not just a cure but even the causes of this disease. Although the disease that took my grandmother is a horrible one, I felt it was important to do something fun in her memory as she was a person so full of life.”

Jez Denton, Day 126

Jez Denton, Day 126

It was Jez’s wife, Shazza, who pointed out that he had a wardrobe full of shirts he hardly ever wore. She challenged him to wear a different shirt every day for as long as he could, saying she would pay £1 for every different shirt.

At the start, Jez had about 30 shirts in his wardrobe. But since writing about his mision on Facebook and Twitter, shirts have been flooding in from all over the world.

Festival-goers at Fairport Convention’s annual reunion at Cropredy donated shirts, as did band member Dave Pegg.

Shirts (size XL or XXL) can be sent to Get Shirty, 84 Woodgreen Avenue, Banbury OX16 0AZ.

See www.justgiving.com/Jez-GettingShirty

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