Cornwall children's entertainer raises £2,500 for charity in a year
A CHARITY fundraiser has been thanked for his hard work entertaining children – after raising £2,500 in a year.
Mr Bamboozle, also known as 'Circus Steve' Washington, was on the receiving end of an unexpected treat after raising the cash for two charities.
In the middle of entertaining shoppers with his balloon animals at the Tesco store in Callington, Steve was presented with a bottle of Baileys and a bottle of wine on behalf of children's charity CHICKS and Cancer Research UK.
Dressed in his customary balloon man outfit of Mickey Mouse trousers and Goofy hat, Circus Steve from St Blazey also regularly teaches circus skills to groups of children on weekly camps at CHICKS.
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Mick Ryan, community fundraiser for children's charity CHICKS, said: "CHICKS would like to thank Steve for the incredible amount of support he gives.
"He has raised an outstanding £2,500 in 12 months by doing balloon modelling in various Tesco stores."
He provides circus workshops which have been engaging and enjoyable for the children.
"The children have been able to learn new skills and are given the opportunity to try activities that they would not have experienced before.
"During the workshops the children have been able to try their hand at Diablo and plate-spinning among many other circus tricks and all have all finished the workshops having achieved something new."
From Mickey Mouse to an alien spaceman, Steve's amazing balloon designs are a regular attraction at Tesco, where he sells them in aid of the charities.
Steve said: "I'd like to give a really big thank-you to Tesco's and all the customer support in buying the balloon models to help two really great causes.
"Also the very generous donations were really appreciated. It was a fantastic day and I would like to thank all those involved."
Alan Woollcombe, Tesco community champion, said: "Our customers are always asking the balloon man is in next.
"Thanks to his fabulous efforts and the public's generosity, he has raised £400 at this store alone for Tesco's charity of the year, Cancer Research UK.
"We are delighted to be able to say thanks for all that hot air with something liquid."