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Fairy challenge at Godstone garden centre for hospice

Richard Holloway, dressed as a fairy
Image caption Richard Holloway is dressed as a fairy and growing a beard "to keep warm"

A man from Surrey is braving sub-zero temperatures by sitting on top of a Christmas tree dressed as a fairy for a week in aid of a Sussex hospice.

Richard Holloway is undertaking the 24/7 challenge at the Knights Ivy Mill Garden Centre, near Godstone.

He is living on a platform above the Christmas tree display with only a waterproof shelter and sleeping bag.

After spending his first night in temperatures of -4C, he said his feet were cold but his spirits were high.

Mr Holloway, who is a supervisor at the garden centre and has taken on the title "hairy fairy", is raising funds for St Catherine's Hospice, in Crawley.

"It's really going well," he said.

"There's a tremendous public spirit towards the hospice."

He added: "I won't be shaving while I am up there and I am hoping the beard will provide some extra warmth."

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