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Budgens supermarket worker's Treehouse baked beans bath
By Andrew Woodger
BBC Suffolk

Louise Kersey in a bath of beans
Update: Louise raised 468 for the Treehouse Appeal

The EACH Treehouse Appeal has at least 57 varieties of fundraising and one is a Suffolk supermarket worker who is having a bath in baked beans.

Louise Kersey will spend four hours in a tub on Saturday, 7 August, 2010 at Budgens in Woodbridge.

The supermarket is donating around 200 tins of beans for the challenge.

"My partner's brother died of a brain tumour aged 10 and he had respite care in hospices, so it's close to our hearts as a family," said Louise.

The East Anglia's Children's Hospices Treehouse Appeal needs £3m for a purpose-built centre in Ipswich which will replace the existing bungalow.

It's inspired many activities, but guarding the entrance to a supermarket on a busy Saturday could be one of the most visible ones.

Louise Kersey and Sean Casey
Louise and Sean with the bath she'll be using at Woodbridge's Turban Centre

"I shall be sitting in the bath from 9am-1pm and I'll have sponsor forms here and people are more than welcome to come down on the day and chuck some money in my bucket," said Louise.

"Hopefully it won't be too hot and it won't rain either. I don't know what I'll be wearing yet - maybe a wetsuit, maybe clothes.

"I think Budgens are going to put some warm water in. People have told me that I might be orange for a few days, but it doesn't matter!

"I'm looking to raise £400 at least."

Louise works as checkout supervisor and she's been given the morning off.

"We've done quite a few things for the EACH Treehouse Appeal," said Sean Casey, store manager.

"Some people from the store are even thinking of doing the Kilimanjaro climb next year."

And the baked beans won't go to waste.

"We're going to sell them off - they'll be on eBay later on, so the fundraising goes on," said Sean, who won't be joining Louise in the tub.

"It's only a lickle bath and I'm a big boy!"

Louise is a baked beans eater.

"Yes, but maybe never again!" she said.


Louise raised £468 from sitting in the bath of beans in the supermarket.

It's not too late to do your part for the Treehouse Appeal.

To give money, please send a cheque made payable to "EACH Treehouse Appeal" to:

EACH Treehouse Appeal, Epsilon House, West Road, Ipswich, IP3 9FJ

The appeal donation line number is 01473 276116.

Donate online at EACH Treehouse Appeal .

How are we doing?

The Treehouse Appeal began on Tuesday, 16 March, 2010 and BBC Suffolk is asking you to help us reach the first £1m mark.

This page will be updated to report the campaign's progress, and our totaliser will be updated every Friday morning.

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