Wythenshawe Family Fun Day 2017

On 27th August we headed down to Wythenshawe Cricket and Sports Club on Longley Lane. We were there to help a local football club, Baguley Athletic to raise funds for their sports team and for the We Love Manchester Fund. It was a fantastic, sunny bank holiday weekend, perfect conditions for a family fun day packed with music, food, sport and most importantly balloons!

Car – tick, balloons - meeting us there, sweets – yes, competition prize - in the boot. After I finished all the final checks, myself, Catherine and Carolyn from the homes4u team headed down to the family fun day at Wythenshawe Cricket and Sports Club on Longley Lane.

The event was organised to raise money for a local football club, Baguley Athletic, with a percentage of the money raised also going to the We Love Manchester Fund.

WHAT WAS ON AT THE EVENT?

Some had come simply for a drink, some to have a picnic. Others came to take part in the sporty activities on offer. There was an archery zone, a martial arts tent, a cricket stall and over on the far side, a charity football match that kicked off at 3pm.

Past a selection of stalls selling toys and clothes, a train ride had been set up for the youngsters. At the other end of the field, and right next to us, was the face painting stand. I had to hold myself back from jumping in and getting painted up as a tiger! For the not so sporting inclined the club’s bar was open as normal with plenty of seating to relax, take in the crowds and have a bite to eat in the glorious bank holiday sunshine.

WHY WERE HOMES4U THERE?

We were one of a handful of local businesses who had gone down to help raise some money for the club and the We Love Manchester fund. Have you ever played the classic fair game of guess the marbles in the jar? Well we decided it would be fun to see if people could guess the amount of balloons we could squeeze into one of our homes4u cars. The prize for the nearest guess? A brand new 32” inch Samsung smart TV, not too shabby!

Putting the balloons in the car seemed to never end! Honestly, the old phrase how many clowns can you fit in a mini came to mind. If there was a spare nook and cranny in the fiesta, I found it. Coincidentally, I managed to pack 99 balloons into the car but unlike the 1984 cult underground punk classic by Nena, they were not red but the company colours of green and blue.

At around 12pm, as the first wave of 5km charity walkers fundraising for the Christie arrived at the club, we got our first guess.

As more local families poured in in their droves, the cheese boomed out loudly from the DJ and the faint smell of burgers filled the air. The sun continued to beat down and the guesses kept on coming. (Some closer than others I must admit!) The new Ford Fiesta’s are clearly deceptively roomy inside!

Just before the charity football match kicked off, we announced our winner, Andrea Scuro. Having never won anything before she was speechless! While helping her load her brand new TV into her car, she assured me it would be going to a good home and fit perfectly on the mantelpiece in her bedroom.

HOW MUCH WAS RAISED?

On the day we raised £50, and in total just over £800 was raised at the family fun day. As we left, driving away slowly through a stream of our balloons that had been handed out to the kids, I remember thinking what a fantastic day it had been in our local community and that we will definitely be back next year!

See more pictures from our afternoon at the family fun day on our facebook page here.