Community run rings around Chiswick for Charity

Locals turned out in force to support Yellow Umbrella Day 2010

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Crowds were drawn to Chiswick Park on Sunday (19th September) as the local community turned out in force to support Yellow Umbrella Day, the office park’s annual fund raising festival.

The charity event is the eighth to be held since 2003 and saw scores of people participating in the sponsored walk, the 5km ‘mini-umbrella’, and the 10km sponsored run, or ‘runbrella’. All activities began and ended at Chiswick Park and the circular route along the Thames allows walkers and runners to take in some of Chiswick’s best sights.

First across the finishing line in the 10km run was Dan Afshar and the leading female was Yvonne Rice-Oxley.

After their efforts, the runners and walkers were able to relax and restore their energy with a barbecue, while relaxing to live music courtesy of an Elvis tribute band, Suspiciously Elvis. The fun and games continued into the afternoon, with fairground attractions, cookery classes, football workshops and whole host of other activities.

Chiswick Park also provided a special prize draw to win a selection of prizes, including an exclusive recording day at Teddington Studios, a guitar signed by Jack Johnson, and a private screening of a film for 54 people, courtesy of Paramount, which is based on-site at the park.

All the fun from this year’s Yellow Umbrella Day was in aid of three exceptionally worthy children’s charities:

The Kids' Cookery School (KCS) is a unique cookery school for children and young people in Acton, West London. The school teaches around 2,500 students each year how to cook and eat healthy food. KCS believe that all children should have the opportunity to learn cookery and welcomes students with special needs (physical, learning or behavioural).

The Log Cabin provides inclusive adventure play for children and young people aged 4-15 who have special needs or disabilities or who are in need. The aim is to make a positive difference to the lives of children who have disabilities or special needs by providing exciting and stimulating play opportunities in a safe, caring and fun environment.

The Shooting Star Trust Children’s Hospice - Fundraising started in 1995 in order to build the children’s hospice for terminally ill children in West London and North Surrey. The hospice, due to open in Hampton later this year, will provide care and support for up to 1,500 children and their families, 365 days a year.

September 21, 2010