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Pictures: Pumpkin Plod raises £6,700 for Haven House Children’s Hospice, Woodford Green

PUBLISHED: 16:15 31 October 2017

Haven House Children'’s Hospice encouraged children to dress up for a charity walk. Picture: Paul Bennett

Haven House Children'’s Hospice encouraged children to dress up for a charity walk. Picture: Paul Bennett

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Five hundred children and adults helped raise more than £6,700 for Haven House Children’s Hospice on Sunday, October 29 by taking part in the third annual Pumpkin Plod.

Twins Poppy and Daisy Dean, five. Picture: Paul BennettTwins Poppy and Daisy Dean, five. Picture: Paul Bennett

The theme was pumpkins and bats, with families wearing pumpkin paraphernalia and donning Batman wings.

The day consisted of two sponsored 2k and 5k walks through Epping Forest from the hospice’s grounds at The White House, High Road, Woodford Green.

Families were given an activity sheet to complete on the route with sweets handed out by volunteer marshals.

Every participant received a free pumpkin and medals were given out at the end. Families also enjoyed refreshments; a tasty barbeque, face painting and a bouncy castle provided additional fun for children.

Haven House Children'’s Hospice's Pumpkin Plod fundraising walk. Picture: Paul BennettHaven House Children'’s Hospice's Pumpkin Plod fundraising walk. Picture: Paul Bennett

Lindy Hunt, head of community engagement at Haven House, said: “We were delighted to see so many children and adults attending our Pumpkin Plod which raised an incredible amount for the hospice with further sponsorship still to come in.

“The event is a firm fixture in the half-term calendar and the twist for this year’s theme provided amble opportunity for participants to embrace their inner Batman.

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

“We would particularly like to thank our sponsor, Hills of Woodford Toyota, and all other supporters for their generosity.”


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