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Success at debut family fun day

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: October 16, 2013

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A COMMUNITY pulled together at the weekend to raise money for a charity despite continuous rain.

The Stevens family, who live in Leek, hosted a Family Fun Day in aid of the Autistic Society on Sunday to raise awareness and money for the national charity.

Eight-year-old Kyle Stevens is autistic but his family say they cope by pulling together as well as having support from the Autistic Society.

As a thank-you to the charity, Kyle's parents Andrew and Jemma organised the Fun4Autism event which took place at Westwood Road Recreational Grounds in Leek on Sunday.

Although the wet weather put a stop to some of the organised activities such as a bouncy castle and a welly wangling contest, there was still a host of activities for all to enjoy such as face painting and games by Charlie Clown and Aunty Dawn, jewellery making by Little Gems, a tombola by Action West End, music entertainment by Moorlands Radio, as well as a variety of games and activities organised by the Stevens themselves and manned by friends and family.

These included a pie eating competition, a big raffle, tombola, a Chinese raffle, and a name the puppy competition.

Andrew said: "Considering the weather we could not have asked for a better day.

"Ok we could not have the children's inflatables due to the weather but what we did have was brilliant.

"We had such amazing support from people who helped us out on the day and those who turned up to support the event.

"We can't thank those people enough. It has quite overwhelmed us that so many people turned up to help us. And these people have already said that they want to help us with Fun4Autism 2014.

The pie eating competition, which took place during the event and was sponsored by Morrisons, was won by staff from The Engine Room.

Andrew said: "We had seven entries for both the pie eating and chocolate cake competition and both were won by The Engine Room.

"We would like to thank all the organisations and businesses who sponsored, donated and/or turned up on the day and also thanks to the district council for letting us use the recreational grounds for the event.

"A special thanks must go to Richard from Mr Marquee for letting us use his marquees free of charge.

"We raised more than £400 on the day and we still have other donations coming in.

"The event was also good for raising awareness about the charity which had a stall with information leaflets too.

"We will be doing it again next year but we will be aiming for earlier on in the year with the hope of better weather. All in all the day was a success apart from a few hic-ups."

 

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