Teddy bears picnic to be held on outskirts of Chester


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A teddy bears picnic will be held on the outskirts of Chester on the bank holiday weekend.
Charity Stick ‘n’ Step is hoping families will support this year’s event at Cholmondeley Castle on Sunday.
The summer fete, organised by volunteers, will include hundreds of local families supporting a good cause.
Families are encouraged to bring a picnic and teddy bears, making the most of the scenic location.
The picnic opens at 11am and runs until 5pm. Ticket prices include general admission into the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle, which include a children’s play area, farm animals, an aviary and the tea room.
In addition, on the day there will be favourites such as a tombola, raffle and hook a duck – and entertainment such as face painting, arts and crafts, Diddi Dance Classes, a teddy bear-themed treasure hunt and a balloon performer.
Stick ‘n’ Step is a nationally recognised charity based in Wirral. It provides conductive education (CE) and support services to 70 children with cerebral palsy and their families.
CE provides a platform for developing coping mechanisms to manage the difficulties caused by the disability, but it is not currently offered by the NHS.
Stick ‘n’ Step is the only CE centre in the North West and North Wales to offer
its service for free.
It costs £3,000 a year to fund a single child’s place at Stick ‘n’ Step and because the charity receives no government funding, it relies entirely on grants and community fundraising to remain a free service.
Victoria Kinch, one of the organising volunteers, said: “The Teddy Bears Picnic is now in its fourth year and even though it takes months of planning around our full time jobs, the satisfaction of raising funds for worthy charities is what drives us to keep doing it. We also have a massive following of children and adults alike who look forward to this event every year! I just hope we will be able to smash our previous targets this time around for Stick ‘n’ Step.”
Kerry Roe-Ely, community and events fundraiser at Stick ‘n’ Step, said: “As this year’s chosen charity for the Teddy Bears Picnic, we are very excited about the upcoming fundraiser. There’s something special and unique about the idea of families coming together to fundraise for a charity that helps change the lives of other children.”
Ticket prices are £6 per adult, £3 per child, or £18 for a family ticket (family of four). For further information visit online at: www.teddybears-picnic.co.uk or to find out more about Stick ‘n’ Step visit online at:  www.sticknstep.org.uk.

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