Winston Bear doing the ice bucket challengeWinston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, is eagerly anticipating the Family Fun Day in Tewkesbury, Sunday 6th September – and aims to help break a Guinness World Record in the process!

To kick off the day, revellers have the opportunity to take part in a sponsored ‘spin-a-thon’ at 9.30am. 100 ‘spinners’ are expected – including three celeb guests: familiar TV faces Ashley Taylor Dawson (Hollyoaks), Hayley Tamaddon (Coronation Street) and Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards will be joining the festivities, spinning later in the afternoon *[Photo opportunity: 2.30pm].

The exciting event at Tewkesbury Park Hotel opens up traditional fete stalls and activities at 12pm. Entry is free and the day is in aid of a range of good causes, including Winston’s Wish, the childhood bereavement charity based in Cheltenham. The funds raised will help its work supporting bereaved children and their families following the death of mum, dad or a sibling.

At 4pm, prepare to get wet and wild – organisers are set to break the Guinness World Record for simultaneous ice bucket challenges. Currently standing at 428 people, the family fun day hopes to smash the record with up to 1,000 participants dowsing themselves.

Liz Thatcher, Fundraiser at Winston’s Wish, commented:

“We are really excited about this fundraising event – there’s so much going on! From the opportunity to break a Guinness World Record to meeting the celebrities on the day, there’s something for everyone. We are really grateful to everyone who is helping to make this day a success and all those who are aiming to raise funds for Winston’s Wish. Special thanks go out to Creed Foodservice for providing the ice for the world record attempt!”

Steve Probert, Senior Partner at St James’ Place Wealth Management, has organised the event this year.  He started fundraising some years ago with a sponsored spin-a-thon at Tewkesbury Park for just 15 employees – and the event has grown year on year. This year, St James’ Place Foundation will match the amount that is raised on the day. He said:

“We are looking forward to smashing a Guinness World Record on the day and having lots of fun whilst raising money for some great causes. Last year we raised £18,000 including the matched funds and we hope to beat it this year!”

Winston’s Wish would like to extend a big thank you to sponsors St James’ Place Foundation, Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Fitness First, B&Q, Creed Foodservice, and the local fire brigade.

Winston’s Wish helps children and young people rebuild their lives after the death of their mum, dad, brother or sister, enabling them to face the future with confidence and hope. Each year, Winston’s Wish supports over 40,000 bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services.