THE fake mayor of Stafford pulled in an impressive £1,000 on a charity walk from Nottingham to Stafford Castle.
Comedian James Billington put his notoriety to good use at the weekend as he completed the 55-mile trek in aid of Stafford’s Katharine House Hospice.
On Thursday he began his charity trek from Nottingham Castle and arrived in Stafford on Saturday where he said he was overwhelmed by the support.
The “mayor” handed over a cheque to Katharine House staff on Saturday, who were thrilled with the fund-raising.
He said: “Huge massive thanks to all that came and everyone who donated. I told you Stafford was awesome.”
The Nottingham-based spoof caused a comedy stir online when he took to the social network site Twitter earlier this year and began tweeting as the Mayor of Stafford.
He took photographs of himself at various Stafford landmarks, including outside our very own Newsletter offices, and challenged former mayor Angela Loughran to a ribbon-cutting contest.
Mr Billington even hit the national headlines after he appeared to have fooled Alton Towers and Shrewsbury Town Council with his Twitter comments posing as Stafford’s mayor.
Donations have continued to flood in on the “mayor of Stafford” fund-raising page at www.justgiving.com since