Oliver’s Picnic at Burghley Park raises £5,000

Oliver's Picnic at Burghley Park. From left, Oliver Taylor, five, Anna Dudzianyj, Victoria Newcomb and Charlie Taylor, two.'Photo: MSMP230613-004ow
Oliver's Picnic at Burghley Park. From left, Oliver Taylor, five, Anna Dudzianyj, Victoria Newcomb and Charlie Taylor, two.'Photo: MSMP230613-004ow
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Families enjoyed a picnic and a fun day at Burghley Park yesterday (Sunday) in memory of a Stamford toddler.

Andrea and Paul Scholes, of Kesteven Road, Stamford, organised the event as part of their goal to raise £10,000 for the Histiocytosis Research Trust in memory of their son Oliver, who died last year aged two.

Oliver's Picnic at Burghley Park. Paul and Andrea Scholes with son Toby.'Photo: MSMP230613-005ow

Oliver's Picnic at Burghley Park. Paul and Andrea Scholes with son Toby.'Photo: MSMP230613-005ow

More than 1,000 people braved downpours of rain to enjoy a range of children’s games and activities, a fun fair, bouncy castle, face painting, stalls, a raffle and a tombola.

A particular highlight of the day was an appearance from Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam and hundreds of children crowded around the popular characters for photographs.

Jemma Gardner, a friend of the couple and Oliver’s godmother, also had her pigtails chopped off during the event with half the money she raised going to the charity and half going to brain injury charity Headway.

Unfortunately a double Spitfire flypast was cancelled because of the wind but Paul said the weather didn’t stop people from enjoying the day.

The event raised a huge £5,000.

Paul said: “We are absolutely ecstatic to raise such a fantastic amount and overwhelmed by the support from visitors and helpers.

“The weather didn’t stop the fun and games and we had lots of people tell us how much they enjoyed the day, which was great to hear.”

To find out more about the couple’s fundraising visit www.10kforolly.co.uk