MINNIE Mouse and Peter Pan popped into a Uttoxeter DIY story in a bid to help send a little girl bravely battling cancer to Disneyland.
Staff at B&Q, in Dovefields Retail Park, off Town Meadows Way, dressed up as their favourite Disney character in support of sending seven-year-old Imogen Evans on the dream trip to give her something to look forward to.
The youngster is currently enduring 12 months of gruelling treatments in her war against neuroblastoma, a child specific cancer of specialised nerve cells.
Imogen is a patient at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and is undergoing chemotherapy.
This is not the first time the staff have donned some unusual outfits to raise money for a local cause.
Last year they did a similar thing to raise money for the Three Peaks for Lisa challenge in memory of mother-of-two Lisa Oldham, who died in a house fire in Wood Lane the previous year.
Deborah Gaunt, B&Q HR admin who was among the staff members donning the Disney outfits, said: “We decided to do this as she is a local little girl and we always try to raise money for a local cause.
“We had the staff dress up as the Queen of Hearts, Peter Pan, Pirates of the Caribbean, Shrek, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum and Minnie Mouse.
“As well as dressing up we had a raffle for the customers with a £50 B&Q gift card up for grabs.
“It all went pretty well.
“I think our customers are used to seeing us dressed up as it has become a bit of a bank holiday tradition.
“We even had one man come up to us and hand over £10 to put in the bucket which was lovely.
“Easter bank holiday is traditionally the busiest weekend of the year and everyone is always in such high spirits.
“It is a great weekend.”
The idea of organising the trip for little Imogen came from Donna Alkins, of Westlands Road, who on Saturday will be having her head shaved in a bid to raise funds for the youngster.
Anyone still wanting to sponsor the 40-year-old can do so through a sponsor form at the Post Office, H&C Group Hairdressers, Windsor Park Middle School and various shops in the town.