Superheroes drop in on park for picnic

PLANS are underway for a major charity money-spinner in the stunning grounds of Dorfold Hall in Nantwich.

Superheroes Picnic returns on June 17 after raising a staggering £12,000 for local causes last year including the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice and Ray of Hope, which supports the maternity and neonatal wards at Leighton Hospital.

Another fun-packed programme of family activity is promised by organisers and sponsors drawn from the South Cheshire business community.

Spokeswoman Victoria Graham of Training Bytesize in Nantwich said: “Last year we were overwhelmed with the support of local families who came along and really got into the spirit of things dressed in their superhero costumes!

“We welcomed more than 1,300 people and raised a fantastic £12,000. We’re busy planning and hope to make this year even bigger and better.”

Businesses have thrown their weight behind the event including The Cheshire Cat in Nantwich and The County Group, NLH and Brupac in Crewe.

Victoria, Managing Director of the project management training company, added: “There is a small group of us based in Nantwich, who have a passion for raising money for charity.

“We all have full time jobs and children but we are never too busy to turn our back on people that really need help raising money.

“A few years back we founded the Teddy Bears Picnic at Cholmondeley Castle and handed the reigns to The Wingate Centre as they were doing such a good job of running it without us.

“We then needed a new challenge and put our heads together to come up with the idea of Superheroes Picnic, a family event marking Father’s Day and supporting local charities.

“June 17 will be another chance to grab your cape and mask and come along and join the fun.

“Bring your own picnics, dress up as your favourite superhero and relax in the magical gardens with plenty of hidden surprises. Treat your Dad to a day out on Father’s Day – we promise there will be plenty to keep everyone entertained.

“The back drop will be the stunning Dorfold Hall Gardens. We have a marquee and lots of outdoor space. Come rain or shine let’s do what we do best as Britons and have fun regardless of the weather!”

Claire Smith, Head of Marketing for The County Group added “We are thrilled to be sponsoring this fantastic family event again this year. I personally have been volunteering at these local charity events for over 10 years and its fantastic to see how raising much needed funds helps local families.”

Attractions will include inflatables, face painting, raffle, donkey rides, beat the goalie and tombola plus supercar displays and more.

There will be food and drink stations and a bar for adults serving beer, Pimms and Prosecco.

The event runs from 11am to 3pm and all proceeds will go to The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice which cares for young people with life-limiting conditions and supports their families.

Tickets are £7 for adults and £4 for children over three.

Currently there is a special promotion offering a free ticket for Dad with every child’s ticket purchased.

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