December 9 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Families braved sinister goings-on this weekend as they threw themselves into a Hallowe’en-themed day out, all in aid of charity.
Scores of people braced themselves against the wind to visit the Elveden Estate for this year’s annual Pumpkin Festival.
Children’s activities included pumpkin carving, crafts and Hallowe’en-themed games such as “goo boxes” and “worms and spiders”.
People were also encouraged to turn up in their best fancy dress costume for a chance to win a prize, and there were contests for the finest carved pumpkin, best wrapped mummy and guess the weight of the pumpkin. There were tasty treats including pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie.
Activities were free but donations went towards The Cure and Action for Tay Sachs Foundation (CATS), which supports families affected by the degenerative condition.
Restaurant staff donated their Saturday tips to the cause, while others had their faces painted and wore costumes to encourage donations.
Steve Pillinger, Elveden restaurant manager, said: “The CATS charity was chosen, as Tay Sachs syndrome has affected the daughter of one our customers, Isabella Frances Alford, so it is close to all of us.”
Elveden marketing assistant Julia Herrington estimated that more than 500 people had attended the event.
“It’s making people aware that we’re here really because not many people do,” she said.