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‘My Costume Drama’ a year long fundraiser for MindOut

Gary Hart October 12, 2015

Aaron Lawrence aka the entertainer Spice is currently studying for a BSc in physics with astrophysics at Sussex University and has chosen a brilliant and unorthodox way to raise funds and awareness for MindOut, the LGBTQ Mental Health Service.


For the next twelve months Aaron will wear fancy dress at work, when he goes shopping, on holiday, attending a wedding or job interview, in fact every single day!

Don’t be surprised to see him dressed as a superhero, a rock-star, furry crocodile or Hollywood icon when your out shopping at Waitrose. You will find him behind the mushy peas.

You can follow Aaron’s progress on his blog: and Facebook page:

Aaron says: “I’ve always loved a little fancy dress. One day I joked that I liked it so much I should do it full-time. As I was also trying to think of a way to raise money for MindOut and support their tremendous services for LGBTQ people affected by mental health issues, ‘My Costume Drama’ was born. And I have only just realised that 2016 is a leap year… as if 365 days are not enough. I will have to think of something special for February 29”, he said smirking.

“I am raising money for MindOut, which is a mental health service run by and for LGBTQ people. They provide advice, information, advocacy, a peer support group programme, well-being activities and events, a peer mentoring service, out of hours chat service and a food and allotment project. They are based in Brighton and work all over the country.”

My Costume Drama launched at the Bedford Tavern on October 2 and Aaron followed his fundraising effort up today by running in the 5k Colour Run on Brighton seafront, on Saturday, October 10.

Aaron’s fundraising target for the next year is £15,000. To support him with donations directly at any event or online via his donation page, click here:

For more information about MindOut services or to get involved, click here:

Or email:

Or telephone: 01273 234839