Schoolgirl, eight, dresses up as famous faces - including Jackie Weaver - to raise cash for charity

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Pearl Parkin dressed as Jackie Weaver. See SWNS story SWBRcostume. An eight-year old girl is raising money for charity by dressing-up every day as characters like Ziggy Stardust, Lady Gaga - and Jacky Weaver. Pearl Parkin started the challenge on February 2 and has managed to become a new star each morning. Her creations include Billie Eilish, Frida Kahlo, Rey Skywalker, Elton John, John Lennon - and Handforth Parish Council's Weaver. Pearl, from Bath, Somerset, has raised more than £700 for Save the Children and hopes to reach £1,000 by March 8.
Pearl Parkin, eight, is raising money for charity by dressing up every day as characters including Ziggy Stardust, Lady Gaga - and Jackie Weaver who became a household name after Handforth Parish Council meeting row went viral. (SWNS)

An eight-year old schoolgirl is raising money for charity by dressing up every day as well-known characters including Ziggy Stardust, Lady Gaga and even Jackie Weaver, who found fame after appearing in a viral video of a council meeting row.

Pearl Parkin has been recreating famous faces every single day since 2 February as part of her challenge.

So far her costume creations include Elton John, Rey Skywalker from Star Wars, singer-songwriter Billie Eilish and John Lennon.

She's even included Weaver, who became an overnight internet sensation after hosting a meeting of Handforth Parish Council in which councillors lost their cool and traded insults, leading to her kicking chairman Brian Tolver off the Zoom call.

Pearl Parkin dressed as Rey from Star Wars. See SWNS story SWBRcostume. An eight-year old girl is raising money for charity by dressing-up every day as characters like Ziggy Stardust, Lady Gaga - and Jacky Weaver. Pearl Parkin started the challenge on February 2 and has managed to become a new star each morning. Her creations include Billie Eilish, Frida Kahlo, Rey Skywalker, Elton John, John Lennon - and Handforth Parish Council's Weaver. Pearl, from Bath, Somerset, has raised more than £700 for Save the Children and hopes to reach £1,000 by March 8.
Pearl's creations include Rey Skywalker from Star Wars. (SWNS)
Pearl Parkin dressed as Elton John. See SWNS story SWBRcostume. An eight-year old girl is raising money for charity by dressing-up every day as characters like Ziggy Stardust, Lady Gaga - and Jacky Weaver. Pearl Parkin started the challenge on February 2 and has managed to become a new star each morning. Her creations include Billie Eilish, Frida Kahlo, Rey Skywalker, Elton John, John Lennon - and Handforth Parish Council's Weaver. Pearl, from Bath, Somerset, has raised more than £700 for Save the Children and hopes to reach £1,000 by March 8.
Pearl, from Bath, Somerset, has raised more than £700 for Save the Children and hopes to reach £1,000 by 8 March. (SWNS)

Pearl, from Bath, Somerset, has raised more than £700 for Save the Children and hopes to reach £1,000 by 8 March by creating a total of 33 characters, making her outfits with whatever she can find at home.

She told BBC Somerset: "I love creating costumes and it's really fun to find the clothes.

"I wanted to raise money for children around the world who might need help because of COVID.

"I find it really upsetting that some children, like refugees, don't have the same as me."

Pearl even roped in brother Elliott with some of her costumes, including them dressing up as Bill and Ted. (SWNS)
Pearl even roped in brother Elliott with some of her costumes, including them dressing up as Bill and Ted. (SWNS)

Pearl's fundraising started as a way for her to stay entertained during lockdown, her mother Emily Cooper said.

"She has been doing a fantastic job, working with her brother Elliot and the rest of the family," she said.

"She shows amazing enthusiasm and it's all to raise money for Save the Children."

Pearl's fundraiser can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pearl-dressing-up

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