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Croydon rugby player raising money for Comic Relief by wearing 25 fancy dress outfits in 25 days

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STRANGERS are calling him a wally, but one Croydon rugby player doesn't mind looking silly as he raises money for Comic Relief.

Old Whitgiftian Giles Dempsey is donning 25 different outfits in 25 days, as the national fundraising event celebrates its 25th anniversary.

So far Giles, 36, has transformed himself into everyone from Edward Scissorhands to children's TV character Pingu.

When the Advertiser spoke to him this week, Giles was on day seven and had just finished taking a marketing workshop while dressed as a dragon.

The wacky fundraiser also attended last weekend's Six Nations rugby clash between England and France, dressed as another children's character – Wally from the Where's Wally? books.

He said: "I had French fans coming up to me and shouting 'Eh! Wally!'

"It got a little tiresome after a while but if you're dressing up like that, you've probably got to expect a bit of stick."

Giles' charity bid was aided by comedian Rob Brydon, after he bumped into the Gavin And Stacey star while dressed as Wally at Twickenham.

Brydon tweeted about the charity bid and Giles now has nearly 1,000 followers.

He is keeping his outfits a closely guarded secret – only revealing them to the world via his Twitter account (@25Outfits) every morning.

Friends have been telling Giles he needs to pull out all the stops for the last day.

He said: "The whole thing has a crescendo-like feel to it. People are saying at the end of the 25 days I will have to go out with a bang.

"Quite a few people are suggesting my birthday suit, which I'm not overly keen on but it might be the logical conclusion."

Giles, who works for a marketing agency, has so far raised more than £1,300 for Red Nose Day and hopes he can do more for the cause.

"I spent some time in Africa and it helped me understand what they lack and what we have," he said.

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Croydon rugby player raising money for Comic Relief by wearing 25 fancy dress outfits in 25 days


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