2010 Charity Fun Day

Paul Strank Roofing Ltd in association with AFC Wimbledon has pulled off another successful charity fun day this year at South Park Gardens, Wimbledon on the 3rd of July. The event was opened at 11:00am by the mayor of Merton and boasted a large range of attractions with bouncy castles and funfair rides to stalls, a food village and everything in-between. Hard pressed to best last year’s total and concerned about our chances of doing so during a recession we were pleasantly surprised to find Merton had pulled out all the stops to support this year’s Children in Need campaign smashing last year’s total.

Blessed by good weather the day started with a bang as the mayor of Merton cut the ribbon opening the event, with sunny skies and crowds gathering our stage was brought to life by bands such as Groove Manoova, The Glamsters and Aaron Norton as well as performances by local groups such as the holistic fitness martial arts class, all accompanied by the more then capable radio Jackie road-show providing the sound system and live broadcasts throughout the day.

During the event we were joined by many well known faces, non so much as Eastenders star Scott Maslin, Glamour Model and T.V Personality Bianca Gascoigne and the well loved Big Brother 2008 winner Brian Belo who all helped out by signing autographs, having photos taken and mingling with the crowd at the funday, not to mention the various MP’s there to show their support on the day and of course the telltale appearance during lunch time of Pudsey the Bear and Haydon the Womble showing us even well loved creatures such as they enjoy a spot of sport when they competed at the tug of war drawing with an even 1 all score!

During the event we had thousands of people coming and going and keeping them entertained was a large target for us, a funday would be a funday without the fun after all and with support and interest in the event coming from many directions, we eventually decided on the activities most of you would have seen on the day, with a funfair for the kids, activities run on the southern side of the park by various companies and organisations to keep the adults having a laugh and even a coconut shy springing up on the day to test your aim. The event sported an array of stalls and activities dotted all over the park for visitors, including stalls run by local schools and businesses offering games and merchandise including a tombola, raffle and other interesting challenges for passersby to enjoy and all going out of their way to help us to raise money for Children in Need.

Dance Aid an organisation only recently given its charity status and a close friend of ours here at Paul Strank Roofing Ltd also turned up on the day to support Children in Need, setting up their gazebo towards the east of the stage they caught a lot of public attention letting visitors try out their mixing skills with their top of the range teaching software, showing us all how they teach mathematics and social skills in the academies they run all over the country. While over to the west of South Park Gardens AFC Wimbledon our associates in running the funday again proved just how close one man can get to his favourite club providing Paul with invaluable assistance in organisation and planning for the day, unveiling their new kit and offering up signed memorabilia for the auction they really worked hard to make the day what it was.

With all the attention the event received we were very glad of our food village on the northern part of south park gardens serving everything from hog roasts and Chinese cuisine to pastas and salads as well as some of the best Italian ice cream we have ever tasted which helped to keep us all on our feet right up to closing time at 4:00pm.

With all the help we received it really isn’t that much of a surprise how well the fun day did with active support and advice given by Barclays, Tesco’s, Radio Jackie, AFC Wimbledon, Sylvester’s Renovations, Krispy Kreme’s and Autographstore.com to name only a small part of our events supporters the whole day was a wonderful event and we would like to thank everyone involved in making the day such a success. From everyone at Paul Strank Roofing Ltd thank you. we are proud to be part of such a supportive and actively charitable borough


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