EXPECTANT mums can have their bumps turned into canvases to raise money for a good cause.
Seaham’s Trish Bartram, who joined fellow face painters across the country in the Bumps for Pudsey campaign, and up until now has managed to raise more than £111 up to now for the charity event.
The 35-year-old’s aim is to paint as many baby bumps as possible during November with the mums-to-be, families and friends sponsoring her.
So far she has done two paintings and there is still time to book them in before the end of the month.
Trish, who runs her own face painting business Fab, Pixies and Parties, said she has been delighted with the way the event has gone so far.
She said: “I did have a fantastic response from people when they heard I was doing it. Everyone thought it was a good idea.”
Trish had to cancel five bookings after falling ill, but is hoping more will sign up.
She added: “It is such a shame I had to cancel so many, but I was still pleased with what we raised through the ones I have done so far.”
The artist, who has done several bump paintings in the past, said the craze of baby bump painting came over from America and is becoming more popular in Britain.
She said: “It is a bit like Marmite, people seem to either love the idea or hate it.”
Trish, who always does the bump painting in a mum-to-be’s own home, said many mums find it very relaxing and the babies seem to love the experience, moving around with the feel of the paintbrush.
All the materials used are non-toxic and parents, who can choose whatever design they want, like to keep photographs of the painted bump as a lovely reminder of when they were expecting.
Any pregnant mums who would like to have their bumps painted before the end of the month for Children in Need can contact Trish on 0785 401 3627.
The cost is £5 to cover all the paint and travel expenses and everyone is urged to raise as much money as they can by sponsoring Trish online at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/fabpixies.