Running away with the idea
If you’re a runner – or just enjoy watching races – you can’t fail to notice some of the eye-catching fancy-dress costumes. At this year’s London Marathon, there was an estimated 40,000 runners in fancy-dress tackling the 26.2 mile journey!
One of those running was Tim Wheeler MBE. Tim runs in aid of The Little Princess Trust. A UK charity that supplies a free, real hair wig to children with cancer to help restore their confidence and identity. Who happen to be our neighbours.
Running in costume is undoubtedly difficult but worthwhile if it means achieving publicity – and much needed funds – for charity. Tim runs as his alter ego ‘Scissor Man’. The Little Princess Trust take in 4,000 – 6,000 hair donations a month which are made into wigs then given to families that need them. The scissors represent that side of the charity’s work and is a great conversation starter.
Tim approached Simple Design Works for advice when encountering difficulties with his costume.
Tim primarily runs to generate publicity and his previous costume was underrated and didn’t quite achieve the visibility he wanted to achieve. So, we designed over-sized scissors that were in the charity’s colours and completely sparkly – well, they had to stand out!
The scissors were fixed to a rucksack that was reinforced for stability and had the added bonus of holding running essentials. There were some initial hiccups during testing the prototype but that’s exactly why testing is crucial.