Talking the talk for Comic Relief

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It’s Red Nose Day in a few weeks and not just in the Alex Ferguson household. They say that charity begins at home, which is probably why homeless people are so poor. You know me though, I’m always giving my money to Charity. It’s a weird name for a stripper but she’s worth every penny.

There is many zany ways to raise money for charity. You could dress up like an annoying bastard and annoy people into giving you money (like a less violent thief), you could get in a bath of cold baked beans as a show of contempt at the starving, or you could become invisible to other people and just stand in the doorway of a supermarket holding a charity tin. I did that once actually. My mistake was standing outside Poundland and not Marks and Spencer. Still, at least I wasn’t wearing £9,000 glasses like Bono from U2 when I asked for money.

Seriously though, I like to do my bit for charity. I thought I’d support Help The Heroes so I sent Batman a new cape. But I wanted to do something a bit more for Comic Relief….and I don’t mean letting my copy of the Beano go to the toilet. I was going to give my life savings in support of Craig David going across the desert but then I found out he was coming home again.

For those of you who don’t know me, I have Cerebral Palsy and use a communication aid to speak for me. So a sponsored silence was out of the question really. A sponsored run would have surely only have resulted in me tripping up and paying yet another visit to A&E. And if you think I’m jumping off a bridge just to raise money then think again. I’m saving that for when Newcastle United drive me to suicide.

No, my idea is much more original. As my communication aid has many different voices, I’m going to change it to a silly voice for a whole week (starting from the Saturday before Comic Relief). For that week, I am not allowed to use my ‘normal’ voice at all – whether I’m in a meeting, out in town or even trying to chat up a girl. To be fair, that last one isn’t going to happen anyway! So technically I might end up having an electronic sex change (ouch!) and end up with a woman’s voice. You can sponsor me here –

And to make it even more fun, I’m going to let you decide which voice I use. Below are clips of each of the four voices that you can choose from as well as a poll to make your vote on. All I ask is that if you vote, you make a donation as well (did I mention you can sponsor me here – . Voting will close next Friday night at midnight. And, yes, the voices are actually named on my communication aid like they are below! (UPDATE – the poll is now closed and the results are below. Votes made after the deadline may still be charged…..or something!)

Furthermore, as many of you won’t see (or hear) the outcome, I’m willing to record dedications/messages/anything for you in any of the voices if you tell me which one, what you want me to say and make a donation too. Just add them as comments to this blog post along with your name so I know you’ve donated. You’ve guessed it, you can sponsor me here –

Please pass on the link to anyone else you think may be interested in making me look as silly as Boris Johnson on a good day. Or if you want to sponsor me another way, please get in touch and we’ll sort something out. Thanks for reading and for your support!

Voice 1 – Harry Voice 2 – Betty Voice 3 – Wendy

Voice 4 – Kit

Voice 1 – Harry 3.7%Voice 2 – Betty 7.41%


Voice 3 – Wendy 37.04%


Voice 4 – Kit 51.85%

You can sponsor me here, you know-

UPDATE – You can now also read more about how I’m getting on with my challenge here:

My Comic Relief challenge update

  13 comments for “Talking the talk for Comic Relief

  1. Heather Eastwood
    March 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    loving the idea lee! brilliant idea 🙂
    I have sponsored one and voted for voice 3…so creepy…would love to see you chat up a girl with that voice 🙂

    Although 4 is also good…would also be funny 🙂

    Which ever, for my donation…I would like to hear you give whatever your best chat up line is in voice number 3 😀

    Love you Lee…keep on blogging 🙂

    • March 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      Haha, thanks Heather. I’ll have a think and record it for you soon.

  2. Henry James
    March 10, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I like it. Consider yourself sponsored a bit more than you already were. I voted number 3, but I can see the appeal of 4.

    I’d be happy to hear either voice read the lyrics to Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”. Or just a verse-chorus if it’s too long. I’m easy.

    Good luck with the whole thing.

  3. Katie Davies
    March 11, 2011 at 12:41 pm


    We saw noticed this on your twitter and Matt thought it would be great if we could a piece for the Sunday Sun. Drop me an email when you’ve got a minute. It’s

  4. Carrie
    March 11, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    I think Number 3 is going to give me nightmares!

  5. December 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I like coming into a comic late, bceause;A) you get to read a bunch of pages without waiting for an updateandB) you get to watch through the pages and see how much the artist(s) have improvedI’m loving the comic! *bookmarked*

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