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27th Jun, 2022

Innovative parents create pumpkin trail at Hatton Park - for a good cause

A DIFFERENT kind of pumpkin trail is hoped to save Halloween 2020 at Hatton Park.

Innovative parents Charlotte Fawbert and Lucy Field were determined to salvage the spooky fun which draws hundreds of children to the area – by covid-proofing the trail.

Children can download a trail sheet and, between Thursday and Sunday, hunt for 12 Halloween-themed pictures displayed in windows throughout the estate.

Families are then being invited to donate money they would have otherwise spent on sweets for trick and treaters, to Hatton Park-based charity Molly Olly’s Wishes.

Molly Olly’s was established in 2011 following the death of Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw’s eight-year-old daughter Molly from a rare kidney cancer, and works to support children with terminal or life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Mum-of-two, Charlotte said: “Hatton Park has a reputation for creating a fantastic atmosphere at Halloween and I didn’t want the children on the estate

to miss out due to covid restrictions, so Lucy and I came up with some safe and fun ideas that we could still do.

“When another mum, Emily Burgess suggested we do it in aid of Molly Olly’s Wishes, we thought was a great idea. Our hope is that many people will support this amazing charity while the children are still able to enjoy themselves this Halloween.”

Charity founder Rachel Ollerenshaw added: “Halloween on Hatton Park has always been a family time, my children always loved it and often their friends wanted to come to here for Halloween as the residents always seem to do it so well. The fun of dressing up, silly games and trick or treating.

“We have lots of happy family memories. Halloween fell not long after Molly, aged four, had her first major operation to remove her kidney. She had a big scar the width of her stomach, her hair was falling out from the chemotherapy, and despite not feeling great, she wanted to join in and would joke with us about trick or treat, her trick being that she would scare you with her scar!”

She added Hatton Park residents had been a great support to the charity and she hoped the trail would prove fun for youngsters in the area.

Charity mascot Olly the Brave will also be hiding somewhere among the trail for youngsters to spot.

Visit ‘Hatton Park Locals’ Facebook forum to download a trail sheet.

Visit www.mollyolly.co.uk to donate to the charity.

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