Pumpkin Fest raises £15,000 for Woodford Green children’s hospice

PUBLISHED: 17:30 31 October 2018

Hundreds gathered in Woodford Green to mark Haven House Childrens' Hospice's annual Pumpkin Fest. Photo: Tracy Jenkins

Hundreds gathered in Woodford Green to mark Haven House Childrens' Hospice's annual Pumpkin Fest. Photo: Tracy Jenkins

Tracy Jenkins, Asarum Images

Woodford Green was turned bright orange as hundreds donned pumpkin costumes while walking and running to raise money for Haven House Children’s Hospice.

More than 500 people came together for the hospice’s annual Pumpkin Fest fundraiser which took place on Sunday (October 28) and drew in a total of £15,000.

The day kicked off with a “Chasing Pumpkins” 10k run followed by a 2k and 5k walks dubbed the “Pumpkin Plod”.

Awards were given out for best dressed pumpkin impersonator.

Both events started on Haven House’s Woodford Green grounds and progressed onto Epping Forest and around Higham’s Park Lake.

Runners received an official chip time, medal and pumpkin headband.

Walkers enjoyed lots of pumpkin-filled activities en route and were given and activity sheet to complete with sweets handed out by volunteer marshals.

Every family received a medal and a pumpkin to take home and carve.

A tasty barbeque was served and children enjoyed face painting and a bouncy castle.

Lindy Hunt, Haven House’s head of community engagemente, said: “We were delighted to see so many local families and children attending our Pumpkin Fest which raised an incredible amount for the hospice with further sponsorship still to come in.’

“We could not have put on the Pumpkin Fest without our volunteers and the support of so many people in our community.”

Since 2003, the hospice has provided palliative and holistic care to more than 950 babies, children and young people (birth-19) who have life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

The charity is now gearing up to host a festive themed Winter Wonderland on Saturday, December 1.

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