Enjoy Oliver’s Picnic at Burghley Park near Stamford

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A family will host a fun day in Burghley Park near Stamford on Sunday to celebrate the life of their son and raise money in his memory.

Oliver’s Picnic is the latest in a series of fundraising events for the Histiocytosis Research Trust in memory of Oliver Scholes, of Stamford, who died of haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis in June last year aged two.

His family have pledged to raise £10,000 for the charity.

Oliver’s dad Paul, 30, of Kesteven Road, Stamford, said: “We hope the picnic will be a perfect opportunity for people to spend precious time with their family and enjoy a fun-filled day.

“Lots of the entertainment we have got planned for the day focuses on things that Oliver enjoyed.”

Paul and his wife Andrea, a reporter at the Mercury, hope families will bring along a picnic to enjoy on the day with picnic rugs or chairs.

Other attractions on the day include a Spitfire flypast, a Thomas the Tank Engine colouring competition, fairground rides, a tombola, trade stalls, games, inflatables, face painting, balloon release, refreshments and a barbecue by Grasmere farm.

There will also be a grand raffle with a range of top prizes.

Children will also have the chance to have their photo taken with two of Oliver’s favourite characters, Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam, who will be there between 1pm and 3pm.

The picnic, which is being sponsored by the Stamford Round Table, will take place in the pony club field at Burghley Park on Sunday (June 23) from midday until 4.30pm. Access is via the main house entrance off Barnack Road.

Admission is £1 for adults and 50p for children, which includes a free drink and entitles visitors to half price entry to the Garden of Surprises and sculpture garden on the day.

Anyone interested in holding a stall, displaying a classic car or donating a prize for the event should visit www.10kforolly.co.uk