Give us a Chance- Fun for families ... and dogs

Give us a Chance- Fun for families ... and dogs

Give us a Chance- Fun for families ... and dogs

Enjoying some family fun are Fran Perkins, Freya and Jed Penny, Nicola Horne and Phoebe and Rosie Horne

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Anita Gidley

First published in News

Hundreds turned out in sunny Worton to help raise thousands of pounds more for our Devizes Opportunity Centre appeal.

Months of organising by the Hams Transport family from Devizes paid off when people turned out in force to support the Worton Family Fun Day.

One of the highlights was a head shave by Anita Gidley, who took to the main stage and had her pink locks shorn to raise money for the centre, which helped her son Reece, now nine, when he was a toddler.

Miss Gidley, 40, of Massey Road, thanked everyone who helped her raise £456.25. She said: “It is a fantastic amount.”

Centre manager Betty Newman, who did the first cut before hairdresser Natassja Carter took over, said: “A great effort on behalf of all our lovely children. Thanks also to Natassja for completing the close shave so expertly.”

The fun day, on land owned by the Bodman family, had children’s characters such as the Minions from Despicable Me, glasses of Pimms and live music.

Rachael Pickford was the main organiser, after her parents, Paul and Hilary Hams, had the idea.

She said: “It was really fantastic. We had people queuing to get in at 11am and everyone seemed to have a great time. Our first aid guy was wonderful, making sure that if anyone looked too hot they got a drink of water.

“We don’t know exactly how much has been raised yet, but I am hopeful it will be a few thousand. The tea and cake stall alone made about £500. Loads of people must have contributed cakes for us to make so much.”

Her son Izzy, three, goes to the centre and he – along with many others – was enthralled by the Minions from Despicable Me.

A fun show was organised by Christine Bodman. Her husband, John, said: “We had dogs in all shapes and sizes, from an Irish wolfhound to Jack Russells, with prizes for things like the dog with the wonkiest tail.”

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