Mum’s mascot venture for children

Natasha Hinds is starting a mascot business and hopes to volunteer her time visiting sick children.  She is pictured with daughters Maisie Hinds and Phoebe Clegg.

Natasha Hinds is starting a mascot business and hopes to volunteer her time visiting sick children. She is pictured with daughters Maisie Hinds and Phoebe Clegg.

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A MASCOT-mad mum is on a mission to put smiles on the faces of Blackpool’s most needy children.

Natasha Hinds-Clegg has come up with the idea to don cheerful costumes to visit disabled or disadvantaged youngsters after seeing the joy they brought to her own daughters.

The mum-of-two bought a range of outfits, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Peppa Pig, for friends and family to entertain her daughters, Maisie, three, and Phoebe, two, at Phoebe’s birthday party.

But she didn’t want the fun to stop there and is now contacting hospitals, hospices and special needs schools across the Fylde coast to arrange free visits.

Natasha, 20, said: “I want to do something amazing from my heart for children. It was my daughter’s birthday so we got the outfits and my girls loved them, seeing their faces was so nice.

“It would be nice to do it for other children too.

“I’d like to go on visits to Highfurlong or Brian House perhaps, to see them smile would make me smile.”

The college student is now enlisting the help of family and friends to help realise her dream, asking people to give their time to dress up for youngsters.

She said: “I’ve had a lot of people volunteering to help me, we’re all getting together to do something good for children.”

Natasha, of Holbeck Avenue, Marton, initially spent around £450 to buy the outfits to rent out as a business venture, Blackpool Mascot Hire, but wants to have a charitable element to the business too.

She is now contacting Donna’s Dream House, Brian House, Blackpool Victoria Hospital and a number of schools to offer the chance of visits for children.

To support Natasha in her venture, search Blackpool Mascot Hire on Facebook.