Men in drag to step out in style for Barnsley Hospice

11 September 2012


Men in frocks are being urged to take part in a brand new fundraising event for Barnsley Hospice.

The first ever ‘Fancy Drag Race’ will give daring gentlemen the chance to dress up in all the feminine finery they can get their hands on - then run, walk, sashay or parade along a five mile route around Barnsley town centre.

Organiser Helen Macintosh said: “The fun sponsored event is for men only. We’ve organised it in response to popular demand from our male supporters, following our annual Midnight Walk which is a women-only event. We hope it will be another successful fundraiser to help us meet the £8,000-a-day running costs of Barnsley Hospice.”

The sponsored Fancy Drag Race will take place on Sunday October 7th starting from Peel Square at 10am. It will take a circular route around town with a water station half way at Barnsley Hospice and an after-race party at Chicago Rock.

Helen said: “Men and boys aged 14 and over are invited to take part and have a laugh. They can choose to walk, jog or run – although we don’t recommend running in high heels!”

Participants can dress up as little or as much as they like. Those men with impeccable fashion sense are encouraged to go to one of Barnsley Hospice’s charity shops to put together their outfits for the race. There will be a special after-hours opening of the shop in Barnsley town centre’s Arcade on Thursday September 20th, 4.30pm – 6.30pm.

Brian Featherstone, who works for Barnsley Hospice, said he thought it was about time the boys had their own sponsored event – with a twist: “I normally deliver the clothes to Barnsley Hospice’s shops and it makes a nice change to try on some of the ladies’ more glamorous items – all for a good cause of course!”

Barnsley Hospice has ten beds for inpatient care and provides day care in its Limes Support and Therapy Centre as well as a wide range of other services. It has to find £1.9m on top of its NHS grant of £1.6m every year and relies heavily on volunteers, donations and sales at its nine shops around the borough.

Anyone interested in taking part in the Fancy Drag Race can download a registration form at or contact Helen on 01226 323622 or for more information. Participants pay a £10 entry fee to cover costs and then all the sponsorship money they raise goes direct to patients and their families. Any 14-16-year-olds who take part in the event must be accompanied by an adult over 18.



Pic attached, (caption) Diamonds and pearls - Barnsley Hospice’s Ian Wallace, who is a volunteer driver, and Brian Featherstone in training for the first Fancy Drag Race on Sunday October 7th.

 Barnsley Hospice’s main aim is to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients while supporting their relatives and friends during the period of illness and bereavement. 
Its services include specialist pain and symptom management, complementary therapies, counselling and support groups. There is also a service for people who have lymphoedema – a build-up of fluid in the body which causes swelling. It can be a side effect of cancer or radiotherapy but it can affect people who do not have cancer.
For more information about Barnsley Hospice go to:
Media contact at the hospice: Laura Conrad on 01226 244 244 (ext 263) or 07787 408257 or email

Alternatively, Helen Macintosh on 01226 323622 or e-mail

Additional media contact: Steph Pollard on 01226 766900 or Kate Betts on 07792 764891 or


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