Local Hinckley celebrity Smudgy Clown made a splash when fundraising for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) on Saturday 30 August.

Thelma Levett, AKA Smudgy Clown, is the well known Hinckley entertainer. She decided to take part in the popular Ice Bucket Challenge with a little help from Hinckley store director Abhijit Roy. 

The challenge in action

Smudgy donned her famous red dotty dress and poured not one but six buckets of ice cold water over her head, raising more than £30 from donations made by passers-by. Mr Roy helped contribute by pouring one bucket and donated an additional £200 in support of Smudgy’s efforts.

‘It was a lot of fun’ 

Abhijit Roy, store director at both Hinckley and Lutterworth, commented: ‘When Smudgy approached me in store and asked if she could do the Ice Bucket Challenge outside I couldn’t refuse as she is the mother of previous employee, Vicky Beale, who now works in Specsavers in New Zealand, and it is such a great cause! 

‘It was a lot of fun and was great to be involved. On behalf of Smudgy I want to thank those who donated on the day.’

About the challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge sees nominated members of the public douse themselves in ice cold water, posting the video clip on social media sites before appointing others to participate. The nominees donate money to the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA). Motor Neurone Disease is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord meaning messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting.

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