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Woman breaks record for world’s longest name

Vanessa Green
Yahoo Lifestyle
4 May 2012

We wouldn’t want to fill out this lady’s council tax form!

A charity worker from Hartlepool has officially broken the record for the world’s longest name.

The 41-year-old, formerly known as Dawn McManus, decided to change her name for a charitable cause, and has made it in to the record books in the process.

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How? Her new name is Red - Wacky League - Antlez - Broke the Stereo – Neon Tide - Bring Back Honesty – Coalition – Feedback – Hand of Aces – Keep Going Captain – Let’s Pretend – Lost State of Dance – Paper Taxis – Lunar Road -  Up! Down! Strange! – All and I – Neon Sheep – Eve Hornby - Faye Bradley – AJ Wilde – Michael Rice – Dion Watts – Matthew Appleyard – John Ashurst – Lauren Swales – Zoe Angus – Jaspreet Singh – Emma Matthews – Nicola Brown – Leanne Pickering – Victoria Davies – Rachel Burnside – Gil Parker – Freya Watson - Alisha Watts – James Pearson - Jacob Sotheran-Darley - Beth Lowery – Jasmine Hewitt – Chloe Gibson - Molly Farquhar - Lewis Murphy – Abbie Coulson – Nick Davies - Harvey Parker - Kyran Williamson - Michael Anderson - Bethany Murray - Sophie Hamilton - Amy Wilkins - Emma Simpson - Liam Wales - Jacob Bartram - Alex Hooks - Rebecca Miller - Caitlin Miller - Sean McCloskey - Dominic Parker - Abbey Sharpe – Elena Larkin – Rebecca Simpson - Nick Dixon – Abbie Farrelly – Liam Grieves – Casey Smith – Liam Downing – Ben Wignall – Elizabeth Hann - Danielle Walker - Lauren Glen - James Johnson – Ben Ervine - Kate Burton - James Hudson - Daniel Mayes - Matthew Kitching – Josh Bennett – Evolution – Dreams.

The record holder decided to change her name after setting up a children's charity - Red Dreams – in memory  of her son Kyle, who passed away. 

She asked people to donate to the charity and said if they surpassed their target she would then change her name to honour those the charity had provided help to since 2008 when it was established.

Dawn, who has been praised for positively engaging young people, says: “I decided to change my name with the Legal Deed Poll Service to raise further awareness for the charity and maintain the necessary funding we need to make Red Dreams a success.

"Myself and my husband both gave up our jobs to pursue this full time for the good of the community, but there is only so much we can do before we need financial support in the form of charitable donations.”

“Although there are invaluable projects getting kids who have been suspended from school off the street, and projects for those with learning disabilities, there is nothing for those children who fit into neither group. We cover activities including music, acting, photography and film-making and much more.”The charity works with 11 to 19 year olds to help them to channel their creative energy and has helped more than 500 children in the last four years.

The money Dawn raised from changing her name will go towards taking on more volunteers to deal with an ever expanding waiting list.

Tina Clough, who works at the Legal Deed Poll Service, said: “We have processed a number of crazy name changes to date, but this is the longest one on record.  It is great that Dawn has chosen a name so close to her heart that will raise awareness of the great work that Red Dreams takes part in on behalf of the local community.”

To donate to Dawn’s Red dreams charity, visit http://www.justgiving.com/Red-Dreams-namechange.

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