End of an era for super-fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 14:45 10 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 26 October 2009

Charity superhero Captain Panshanger

Charity superhero Captain Panshanger

A SELF-PROCLAIMED superhero has hung up his cloak after 20 years of do-gooding. Captain Panshanger confessed that the time has come to finish his reign as a fundraising marvel. Timothy Muggleton, to give him his real name, told the WHT that he didn t thin

A SELF-PROCLAIMED superhero has hung up his cloak after 20 years of do-gooding.

Captain Panshanger confessed that the time has come to finish his reign as a fundraising marvel.

Timothy Muggleton, to give him his real name, told the WHT that he didn't think people were as enthusiastic about giving money to charity as they used to be.

"It's time to give up, I feel. There are just too many problems.

"Maybe in the future I will return to fundraising but for now this is the end."

Timothy first officially became Captain Panshanger in 1990 when he was raising cash for the ITV Telethon appeal on the streets and needed a novelty to catch the eye of the public.

He said: "I've raised money for almost every charity in the area. There have been many ups and downs, some of the best parts included the charity walks and getting my hair shaved off twice.

"I also liked to give blood, because that was actually something I was doing, rather than using other people's money.

"One of the main reasons why I think I have been so successful in raising money for charity is because I have never taken any administration fee."

Timothy, who on average raised about £6,000 a year just for the QE2's special baby care unit alone, added:

"I know that I haven't made much difference to this world, but I would like to think through all I have done I have helped bring smiles and a bit of happiness to all those in need, in this harsh world that we live in.

"I would like to thank everybody who has ever backed me and to all those who donated.


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