A CHARITY founder is set to go from having three names to a staggering 79 in a bid to raise £1,000 and set a new world record.
Dawn Marie McManus is taking the dramatic step to legally change her name in exchange for much needed cash for her charity Red Dreams.
She set up the Whitby Street South-based project with husband Ian after their talented son Kyle McManus died aged just 16 from a sudden brain haemorrhage in April 2007.
Dawn’s new name will start with Red and end with Dreams, with the name of every band and young person the creative charity has supported included in between.
Dawn, 41, from Lennox Walk, Hartlepool, said: “Someone we know changed their name because McDonald’s wouldn’t let them have their nickname on their work badge. We all thought that was quite funny and said ‘why don’t we do something like that?’
“It’s ridiculous enough to grasp a lot of people’s attention. All the people who take part with the charity are included as well because they are obviously very important to us.”
Dawn had lined up the change already and the paperwork is ready to be filed, but it will only become a reality when she hits £1,000 in donations.
She has also notified Guinness World Records to see if they would be interested in her unusual challenge.
Dawn said: “Hopefully they will get back soon and I can set a record. As far as I know it stands at 16 names so we’ll easily beat that.
“The Legal Deed Poll Service is doing it for free with it being for charity so all we need now is people to support us with £1,000.
“As soon as we hit that target the name will be changed.”
Dawn is still unsure how long she plans to keep the new name for but has been reassured by legal staff that issues such as the name on her bank account should not be a problem in the short term with it being for charity.
She added: “I think I’ll just see how it goes and wait until I hit any problems.
“The name’s a bit long to appear on a driving licence and I think I’ll struggle with a signature. I can’t even remember the order of the names.”
Kyle was a student at Manor College of Technology, in Hartlepool, when he collapsed while playing with friends.
Dawn gave up her teaching job at St Michael’s RC School, in Billingham, to put all of her efforts into the charity that she set up with Ian, 41, in memory of their only child.
She said: “We wouldn’t be doing any of this if it wasn’t for Kyle. He is at the centre of everything we do.
“I think he would have found it funny that his mum’s changing her name. I think he would have liked it and I’m sure he’d have come up with a couple of unusual ones.”
Daniel Knox-Hewson, 23, and Kelvin Borbidge, 22, are thought to be the current holders of the UK’s and world’s longest names after taking on the monikers of superheroes and mythical characters.
Daniel’s name is now Emperor Spiderman Gandald Wolverine Skywalker Optimus Prime Goku Sonic Xavier Ryu Cloud Superman Heman Batman Thrash.
Kelvin’s is Baron Venom Balrog Sabretooth Vader Megatron Vegeta Robotnik Magneto Bison Sephiroth Lex Luther Skeletor Joker Grind.
Figures released by the Legal Deed Poll Service indicate more than 100,000 people changed their name in 2011.
A spokesman from the service said: “While many sought to make the alteration due to divorce, boredom or to bring a bit of cheer to their lives, others just fancied a change.”
● To help Dawn in her quest, you can donate through JustTextGiving.
Text KYLE07 followed by the amount (£1; £2; £3; £4; £5; £10) to 70070. Reply to their text with your details to add Gift Aid.
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