Men across Birmingham and Sandwell are being urged to take on a “fancy” new challenge in support of a Midlands charity that cares for people with life-limiting illnesses.

Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is staging its first ever Fancy Drag Race in Selly Park, Birmingham, on Sunday, March 25th.

This men-only event, in which blokes will don women’s clothes, has come about in response to calls for a fundraiser from male friends and partners of the hundreds of women who take part in the Hospice’s annual Starlight Stroll. Starlight Stroll is a ladies-only night-time sponsored walk in July.

Proceeds from the Fancy Drag Race, a 5km sponsored run or walk which begins at 10am in the Hospice car park, will fund care and support for patients and their relatives.

And with prizes being awarded for the most colourful costumes, participants are urged to be as creative as they like.

Organiser Alice Higgins said: “It has become obvious to us from Starlight Stroll that quite a few men were feeling left out, as they didn’t have their own event they could participate in for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice.

“So after lots of brainstorming we came up with a short race for men in drag outfits. We’re sure it will be a really fun way of making a difference for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families, who need our support.”

Alice added that the Fancy Drag Race was open to men of all backgrounds, and would appeal to individuals, office and pub teams, or family and friends.

To sign up for the Fancy Drag Race please go to www.bsmh.org.uk/fancydragrace or contact Alice on 0121 472 1191.

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