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Community driven fun day in Bury St Edmunds launches defibrillator fund-raising

Southgate Community Fun Day
Fancy Dress winners - Woolfie Watson, 7, Phoebe Duffin, 5, andBethan Jolliffe, 6 ANL-140605-112523009

Southgate Community Fun Day Fancy Dress winners - Woolfie Watson, 7, Phoebe Duffin, 5, andBethan Jolliffe, 6 ANL-140605-112523009

Hundreds of families descended on an activity-laden fun day designed to bring together three Bury St Edmunds communities and launch a campaign to install a defibrillator.

The Southgate Community Fun Day involved the Nowton, Hardwick and Southgate communities and attracted people from far and wide for a plethora of events on Bank Holiday Monday.

Hosted at Southgate Community Centre, Southgate Church and Hardwick Primary School playing field, the day was the first of its kind and kicks off a fund-raising campaign to install a defibrillator at the community centre.

After its success, organisers the Southgate Community Partnership aim for it to become an annual event.

Andy Abbott, trustee of the community partnership and a governor at Hardwick Primary School, said: “Nowton, Hardwick and Southgate have a wonderful community spirit.

“We’ve got such fantastic facilities and we had this idea to make the community more aware of them.

“The whole atmosphere was just wonderful and everyone was smiling.”

Activities included a ladies pamper day held by Southgate Pre-School with jewellery, handbags, embroidery, massage and reflexology as well as cakes and sweet stalls.

There were also pony rides, mega slides, bouncy castle, assault course and climbing wall.

Youngsters were cheered on by the parents at a Year 1 football tournament on the playing field and there was fancy dress, face-painting, performances and a children’s race.

Funds raised from the Fun Day will go towards the defibrillator.

 

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