Hundreds of fairies to attempt world record for Anna’s Hope at Burghley Park

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A LITTLE bit of magic will be in the air at Burghley Park near Stamford on Sunday when hundreds of fairies arrive.

Anna’s Hope, which supports children and young people with brain tumours, is hoping 500 people will don fairy wings, a tutu and carry a wand in a bid to break the world record for the most fairies in one place.

More than 400 have registered so far and people can register on the day.

At the moment the world record stands at 337.

The registration tent will be open from midday and the fairy count will be at 2pm.

The scenes will be captured by a photographer on a cherry picker and the picture will be available to buy as a poster after the event in a bid to raise funds for the charity.

The event has been organised by charity founders Carole and Rob Hughes in memory of their daughter Anna, who died aged three years and eight months in 2006, and loved fairies.

The event will mark what would have been Anna’s 10th birthday.

Carole said she was looking forward to the day, which will go ahead whatever the weather. If it is sunny, people are urged to take a picnic.

Carole, who will be dressed as a fairy herself and is often spotted wearing the pink outfit, said: “I think it will be a very special day and I am sure Anna will be smiling on us all.

“She would have absolutely loved it. I am really hoping to be able to break the world record.”

The charity is also organising a fashion show and dinner at the Haycock Hotel in Wansford on September 14. Tickets are £15 from 01780 740492.

And there was more good news for Anna’s Hope as it has made it through to the finals of a competition to win a three-bedroom house worth £250,000.

Persimmon Homes is running the competition to celebrate its 40th birthday and has selected 24 charities. People are asked to vote for the charity they feel is most deserving.

If Anna’s Hope wins then Carole plans to sell the house in order to reach a £1m target to fund a therapy team at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

The charity already funds a nurse at Addenbrookes, where Anna was cared for and many of Anna’s supporters will be there on Sunday.

The charities that miss out on the house prize will still win £6,000.

Voting ends on September 20. To vote visit www.40.persimmonhomes.com.