WATCH: They’re going bananas

Airah-Rose Young and her dad Robin Winder are going bananas for charity.

The pair, from Alnmouth, are raising money for the Salvation Army’s local homelessness projects.

Airah Rose Young and her dad Robin Winder are running the London Marathon dressed as bananas. Picture by Jane Coltman

Airah Rose Young and her dad Robin Winder are running the London Marathon dressed as bananas. Picture by Jane Coltman

They are running this year’s London Marathon in April dressed as bananas and as part of this are organising a number of events including a Valentine’s Day charity ball in the village’s Hindmarsh Hall.

At the weekend, they tried out their banana costumes for size at a jumble sale and auction they held in Alnmouth, which raised £910.

Robin said: “This is because we are trying to raise as much money as possible while at the same time having fun doing it. Although it is important to recognise that some of the most vulnerable people are sleeping rough. If we can contribute in some small way, it is important that we and our communities show they care for those less fortunate than themselves.”

The charity ball has a Strictly Come Dancing theme and will feature a talent auction, a bar, dancing, food and live music.

Tickets are £15 and will be on sale at the Old Chapel, Chapel Lane, Alnmouth, tomorrow between 10am and noon. They are also available from Alnmouth Post Office, Thomas Cook in Alnwick or by calling 07713 842398.

Robin added: “Every penny raised will go towards helping homeless people in our area at a time when the worst of the winter weather is upon us and some people actually die because of not having anywhere to stay warm overnight. Once raised, any money will immediately go to the Salvation Army and used to help the homeless this winter.”