Bec's Freddie For A Day Donation Page!
Freddie For A Day is a celebration of the life of Freddie Mercury which falls around his birthday date (or whenever I get the chance!). It is meant to engage members of the public in a fun way to remember one of our greatest artists, but behind it is the earnest purpose of raising funds to support the continued work in fighting HIV & AIDS worldwide through the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the HIV & AIDS charitable organisation set up in Freddie’s memory after his passing over 25 years ago. I support the charity as much as I can all year round so the moustache gets an airing quite often - details can be found in my blog:
In 2010 I only found out about the new FFAD initiative a couple of weeks before Sept 3rd and it fell on my holiday to the Nürburgring in Germany with retro cars but as I have always supported the charity I really wanted to take part. I quickly made a 1986 Live At Wembley costume which I managed to wear the whole day, even though we were staying on a campsite.
2011 I spent the day in Montreux, Switzerland in my Living On My Own Freddie costume I'd made from various unusual things including gold painted cricket boxes and curtain ties and it went down a storm with Queen fans I met when I wore it on Sept 5th. I followed it up by getting sponsored for wearing the outfit again to a classic mini show and the fan club’s Freddie Mercury Clapham Grand Tribute concert.
2012 I started in July by attending a Queen and Adam Lambert gig in my old Wembley costume then attended the whole weekend of the Freddie Mercury Montreux Memorial Day and made a new costume for each day so the first day was Live Aid Freddie, the second was 1979 shiny leather Freddie and Live At The Bowl Freddie costume for day three. I returned to the UK and on Sept 5th itself I had a stroll around London in the 1979 shiny leather Freddie outfit, visited Madame Tussauds before helping with the collection for the Mercury Phoenix Trust at the end of the evening We Will Rock You show at the Dominion Theatre. Later that year I wore the leather costume again to help with the London Street Collection for the MPT.
2013 I decided to combine my love of baking with my love of raising money for the charity so I had my first ever cake and handmade craft stalls which my friends helped with, which I ran at a car event in January and the Queen convention in April whilst wearing various costumes. September 5th I spent the day in London in the 'It's a Hard Life' costume then flew to Montreux for the Freddie Mercury Montreux Memorial Day with two more costumes: red trousers and blue kneepads and a female version of the Wembley costume. November 30th saw the London Street Collection again for the MPT outside of the Dominion Theatre. I wore a warm version of the 'Living On My Own' costume.
2014 events started in May, I made and wore the 'Radio Ga Ga' outfit (my 10th costume!) for the first Freddie For A Day weekend in Montreux organised by the SEG in May. In June I made the King Freddie of Wembley costume and red ribbon'ed it up for the London Pride Parade where I helped with the National AIDS Trust march, a charity the MPT has raised money for. In July I packed all my costumes and caught an early train to London for models to wear them for a MPT photoshoot, I even ended up in one myself as the prawn again! I made a last minute ''Live at the Rainbow' 1974 costume for the Freddie For A Day event at the Hard Rock Café London on September 3rd (It was my first attempt at the long hair and no moustache Freddie!) The last event this year was at the Queen Fan Club convention where I helped with the Mercury Phoenix Trust raffle all weekend, I repaired the King's cape after it had been dragged through wet roads during London Pride and wore that outfit, Radio Gaga and the Live At The Rainbow costume over the weekend. My Just Giving page reached over £5000 for the charity! Thank you!
2105 saw the first official Freddie Mercury Birthday Party at the casino in Montreux, the theme was Black and White and to dress in the spirit of Freddie himself so I went through black and white costumes and settled on the 'Body Language' video costume. I spent a fantastic evening with friends and reached over £6000 for the Mercury Phoenix Trust! Incredible!
2016 was Freddie's 70th birthday so Montreux was buzzing with special events. I made the Knebworth royal outfit because it just about fitted in with the yellow theme of the official birthday party, it's awesome enough for his 70th and it's also the last outfit he wore when he appeared live on stage with Queen 30 years ago. I was a helper all day and the grand finale was reaching £7000 for the MPT, getting dragged on stage for it to be announced and then getting thanked by Kashmira Cooke (Freddie's sister). Unbelievable, thanks to you!
In 2017 I put the sewing down briefly for the first time to learn to run again as I hadn't since school. My first run was in May in the Bern GP then in July thanks to a certain Mr Peter Freestone I ran and walked 15km up and down a mountain, all through the night, in a Freddie-themed outfit starting and finishing in Montreux. For a short-legged, out of practice person from the flat lands of Lincolnshire was definitely a challenge but I gave it all I've got. I could just about still walk afterwards so I made a Rock in Rio costume with the British and Swiss flags and a red sequin costume and wore them at Freddie Mercury's Birthday Party in Montreux.
Photos can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24801027@N02/sets/
A massive thank you again to everyone who has sponsored me so far and supported the charity stalls. Please can I ask you once again to dig deep and sponsor my continued antics for the charity and in return I'll try and make you proud with my commitment to the cause.
Many thanks for all your support, it means the world to me.
Bec =) x