Gavin’s epic strut through Sudbury tops £3,000 mark

WALK THE WALK: Gavin Levitt (left) meets the creator of the 'epic strut' Michael Van Schoick. ANL-150319-163811001
WALK THE WALK: Gavin Levitt (left) meets the creator of the 'epic strut' Michael Van Schoick. ANL-150319-163811001

After repeating a charity walk in high heels and hot pants through the streets of Sudbury, a charity fundraiser has reached his £3,000 target.

Gavin Levitt, who grew up in the town, became an internet sensation after making a parody of Money Supermarket’s “Epic Strut” television advert in London.

He even met up with American actor Michael Van Schoik, who played the role in the original advert.

To increase his fundraising total, he fulfilled a promise to repeat the walk in his home town, walking through a crowded North Street on March 28, raising £376 in the process.

“Over 350 people turned out – North Street was completely packed,” said the 37-year-old.

“To raise so much money walking just 300 metres is just amazing.

“People were so generous to give that much in such a short space of time.”

Mr Levitt said he was delighted to reach his target of £3,000 for Children with Cancer UK, but promised he would not stop fundraising, looking to raise even more money before he completes the London Marathon on April 26.

As for the now famous red high heels, they have been retired.

Mr Levitt, who lives in Inverkip in Scotland, originally put the shoes on auction website eBay to raise further proceeds, but could not resist buying them back, deciding to have them silver plated and put on a plinth as a memento.

Thankfully, the 26.4 miles of London tarmac will be completed in running shoes and without a heel in sight.