Local mums show off their bumps

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All eyes were on Lincolnshire this week to catch a glimpse of a very royal “bump” during the Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Grimsby – but a Spalding fundraiser says she could change all that.

Sam Gray, of the Paintbrush’s Dream, is launching her annual Bump-a-thon for Comic Relief tomorrow (Friday) – and is hoping expectant mums will help her raise lots of cash for charity by having their bumps painted.

Since Sam came up with the idea in 2009, she says the Bump-a-thon has really taken off with more that £12,000 being raised so far.

She now has a team of 57 face painters nationally who will also be helping to raise funds until Friday, March 22.

Mums-to-be pay £5 which goes towards the cost of the paint, on the condition they ask all their friends and family to sponsor the painter to do it.

Holbeach expectant mum Jayde Murphy has already had her bump painted because her due date is close.

Jayde (23), of Lawyer Close, chose the character Peaches from Ice Age for her bump at the request of her four-year-old son, Corey.

She said: “Sam said it would be really relaxing and I have to say it was – I would have fallen asleep if I had been laying down.”

Celebrities have also been getting in on the act, with Mariah Carey and Hilary Duff having their baby bumps painted.

So, would Sam like to paint Kate’s baby bump if she were asked?

She said: “That’s a silly question.

“Of course I would. It would be an honour. I’m sure I would be extremely nervous but I would love to.”

Anyone who would like to have their bump painted for Comic Relief can call Sam on 0750317034, visit www.thepaintbrushsdream.co.uk or email thepaintbrushsdream@hotmail.com

On Red Nose Day, Friday March 15, until the Sunday, Sam will also be facepainting in Sainsbury’s in Spalding.