WITH a quackers costume like this, Jamie Goodwin is sure to attract some attention.
The fibromyalgia sufferer, from South Shore, is looking to get all the attention she can, to help raise money for research into the condition, which she has had since her late teens.
So shoppers at Morrisons in Cleveleys this week may have seen her shaking her collecting tin - dressed as a giant duck - in a bid to raise both cash and awareness.
She has just launched and registered her new charity, The Fibroduck Foundation.
Jamie was already running a website, featuring the globe-trotting Fibro Duck, to help raise awareness of the muscular fatigue disease.
The website invites people to take a little yellow rubber duck – adorned with black spots to represent the tender points all over the body fybromyalgia can cause – all over the world and take photos of him when they visit far-flung locations.
Jamie, 42, a former comedienne and freelance writer, decided to go further and set up a charity to fund research after finding most people felt nothing was being done on that front.
Jamie, who can no longer work because of the fibromyalgia, said: “Many patients were asking why so little research is being done in the UK, so we decided to make research happen.
“The first thing we will be looking into will be the possible connection between viruses and fibromyalgia – as 99 per cent of our fans on the Fibro Duck website told us they believed their fibromyalgia started with a virus.
“We have found the researchers to carry out the work, it was just a case of funding.
“So the foundation plans to raise money to fund the research.
“We feel very strongly research is urgently needed to find a cause and cure.
“We also believe research progresses faster when scientists and patients collaborate, so we aim to provide an environment in which this can happen.
“By very visibly raising money and supporting scientists, we hope to kick start a whole programme of research in this country.
“But, we can’t do this alone. We need the patient community to mobilise behind this effort. We need patient power.
“And we need to raise £26,000 for our first research project.”
The charity was collecting at Morrisons supermarket and has plans for more fundraising events to help raise more cash, but also make more people aware of fibromyalgia.
Jamie said: “We have already held an online auction of mystery prizes, where people didn’t know what they had bid for until it arrived, we just gave them clues.
“We also hope to raise awareness of fibromyalgia, as there may be a lot of people out there who have it, who are suffering and they don’t know why.”
Anyone who would like to help the charity or find out more, can log onto www.fibroduckfoundation.com