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‘The highest eBay bidder will pick my new name’ - says Dagenham man

PUBLISHED: 12:52 09 June 2015 | UPDATED: 12:53 09 June 2015

Daryl Lewis is putting the fate of his new name in the hands of the public

Daryl Lewis is putting the fate of his new name in the hands of the public

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Some people hold bake sales while others organise sporting events to fundraise – but one maverick has decided to auction his name on eBay for charity.

Daryl sporting his Make A Wish Foundation t-shirtDaryl sporting his Make A Wish Foundation t-shirt

The highest bidder will have the chance to change Daryl Lewis’s name for a year. The money goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The 28-year-old, of Crescent Road, Dagenham, is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in December and is looking to raise a steep £5,000.

Inviting opening bids from £500 on the shopping website, he hopes the “random and different” idea will help to turn heads.

“If no one wants to bid that high I might tweet companies to see if they would donate for the free advertising,” Daryl said.

“Then I could change my name to the name of their company and at least it might be a slightly more sensible name.

“Some of the names my friends have thrown around are too rude to even tell you – that’s why I’m really hoping a company is willing to pay.”

Despite their threats, Daryl said his friends think it’s a brilliant idea. He hasn’t shared the news with his parents yet but is confident they’ll be happy “as it’s for a good cause”.

He came up with the peculiar plan two months ago when he and his brother signed up to climb the Tanzanian peak.

“I just thought it would be really random and different,” Daryl said.

“No one has done anything like it before and I want the publicity.

“Some people just ask you to donate without actually doing anything, but if you give something back I think you can raise more.”

Daryl works as a researcher for a ship-broker in the City.

His employers are still in the dark about the decision but he plans to send an email around to spread the news.

“It depends what I have to change it to whether I change it at work too, but I’ll change it on everything else like all of my [bank] cards,” he added.

With treks through the Peruvian mountains under his belt he’s no stranger to adventure – but says he’s never done anything as big as the African six-day hike.

“I’m a bit nervous for it but as long as I prepare I think I’ll complete it OK,” Daryl said.

“It’s an amazing charity that gives children and young people who are in a critical condition a wish – I just want to spread the word and auction my name off first.”

For the chance to change Daryl’s name visit eBay.co.uk and search for “Bid now to change my name for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK”.


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