WHAT do a pirate, an elephant and a spaceman all have in common?
Well for the past month they've been the alter egos of Fulham businessman Giles Dempsey as he embarked on a 25 day fancy dress challenge to raise money for the 25th anniversary of Comic Relief.
When the Chronicle spoke to the 36-year-old at the beginning of his creative and cheery charitable endeavour, he had brightened up people's mornings while dressed as a polar bear, Pingu and Edward Scissorhands.
Since then he's been a Baywatch lifeguard, a Top Gun fighter pilot, a panto dame and many more.
A business director at the Fulham Broadway based marketing agency Billington Cartmell, Mr Dempsey wore the costumes all day, even for meetings, pitches and romantic dinners with his wife Karen.
Dressed as a caveman for his last day of the challenge on Friday (March 15), Mr Dempsey has managed to raise more than £2,500 by Red Nose Day.
He said: “It was a fantastic success, everyone really got excited about the 25 outfits concept, supported me but most importantly, donated. I was especially touched by the generous donations from total strangers, mainly through Twitter.
“I literally got people saying how much they looked forward to each morning’s instalments, how even their kids were asking them each morning what I was wearing. Crazy really.
“The unsung hero in all of this is my wife; she was just as much in the spotlight as we went about our weekend activities, holding hands with Dipsy the Teletubby, Batman or even a full-on elephant wasn’t easy.
“So many times I’d catch a wry smile or even outright fits of giggles as people passed me by – and knowing I’d help bring the essence of Comic Relief to others was a great feeling.”
Other Comic Relief heroes included students at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College who raised more than £800 by holding a host of activities and events, such as cake sales, magic tricks, face painting and hair colour spraying.
Staff at Barratt London’s Fulham Riverside project raised £16,000 for Red Nose Day and on Friday (15) presented a giant cheque to the Sainsbury’s Fulham store to add to their grand total.