Great expectations of coming Bump-a-Thon

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Fundraisers have great expectations for their charity event when they bling-up ladies’ bumps during an event in Lynn later this month.

Children’s entertainer ZoeMarie Sheldon will be swapping face painting for bump painting when she stages a sponsored Bump-a-thon for Sport Relief.

The 35-year-old is encouraging pregnant ladies to get out their bumps for the cause, and inviting anyone else who would like to have their face or body painted to get involved as well.

Miss Sheldon is holding the painting extravaganza in an empty shop in New Conduit Street, Lynn, from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, March 22 – and is aiming to raise around £1,000 for the charity.

There will also be window entertainment and balloon art and decorations, thanks to Melissa Reid, who owns the Rubies and Diamonds fancy dress shop in Long Sutton.

They will also be joined by facepainter Fran Healand, who has come up with some ‘bling up my bump’ designs.

Miss Sheldon, who runs PartyAngelz from her home in Gedney, near Long Sutton, was asked to get involved in another Bump-a-thon event which is being held in Lincolnshire, but decided to organise one for Lynn instead.

She said: “When I heard about the idea I thought it was really good, and a really unique way to raise money for a good cause, but there was already a lot of people involved in the Lincolnshire one.

“I used to live in Terrington St Clement and Lynn so I thought I’d come back to my roots to do one.

“We’re going to paint as many bumps as we can a day, as well as anything else anyone wants us to paint.”

Miss Sheldon thanked Ian Skinner, marketing and events assistant for the Vancouver Quarter shopping centre, for his help arranging an empty shop to hold the event.

She also thanked staff at the YMCA charity shop for lending the team a sofa for people to relax on while being painted.

Mr Skinner said: “It’s a really unique event for charity so we were more than happy to help.”

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