Racing pigs and treasure hunters turn out for Beat-It!

Dave Gooderham, Fundraising Manager of the West Suffolk Hospital Charity, and Steve Savage from Frames Conservatories launch the Beat-It! Treasure Trail
Dave Gooderham, Fundraising Manager of the West Suffolk Hospital Charity, and Steve Savage from Frames Conservatories launch the Beat-It! Treasure Trail

Two unusual fund raisers are being held for our Beat It! appeal, involving electric pigs and ‘treasure’.

The new Bury St Edmunds Lions Club has made the Beat It! campaign to buy a £55,000 prostate probe for West Suffolk Hospital, the charity to benefit from its first big fund raising event, pig racing at Westbury Community Centre in Oliver Road.

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But as the community centre might object to real pigs, they have borrowed an electric pig race track from Stowmarket Lions.

President elect Paul Bradley said: “We’ve got eight races, each sponsored by a business, and there are eight pigs per race, each sponsored by a person. People bet on the races like any other race night.”

The pigs’ electronics have a random element programmed into them to make it harder to know which one will bring home the bacon.

“They flip over and sit down, so you never know which one is going to win,” Paul said.

The trotters come under starter’s orders at 7.15pm on October 12 and tickets are £10, which includes a hog roast roll and dessert.

For tickets, see the club’s contact details at Bury Lions’ website or call Paul Bradley on 07770 763068.

To combine exercise with a family outing, Bury’s Frames Conservatories Direct has organised a two-hour Treasure Trail.

Teams of up to six people are invited to register for Frames’ Treasure Tail from 10am on Sunday October 27, which starts and finishes at the company’s showroom in Barton Road.

Steve Savage, Frames’ retail sales manager, said: “We wanted to support the Beat It! campaign as prostate cancer and mens’ health in general is something we are keen to help raise awareness of.

“The treasure trail will lead you around the sights and sounds of Bury. It will be held during the school half-term, so it will be a great event for families. But teams of adult sleuths are equally welcome.”

Teams can walk, cycle or drive the trail and must donate a minimum of £25 in sponsorship or an entry fee.

A barbecue, raffle and refreshments will be held afterwards.

To register your team, visit www.fcd-home.co.uk/treasure-trail-2013

To donate to Beat It! visit the Beat It Just Giving page