Children’s charity is a hit at Audley End summer picnic concerts

Take me to the Ball: Fledglings volunteer Elaine Statham drives a group of fans to see their heart-t

Take me to the Ball: Fledglings volunteer Elaine Statham drives a group of fans to see their heart-throb Michael Ball. - Credit: Archant

CHILDREN’S disability charity Fledglings proved a big hit with concert-goers at the recent Audley End summer picnic concerts.

A team of volunteers ran a park and ride-type service, using golf buggies and trailers.

In addition to ferrying people who found the walk from the car park difficult, the Fledglings team helped people with their picnic hampers and equipment. Space permitting, anyone was welcome along for the ride.

Trustee John Statham said: “The most memorable passengers were a hen party dolled up all in pink. We couldn’t stretch to a limo, but they were happy with the golf buggy ride. At least it kept their high heels clean for a while!”

Passengers were invited to make a donation to Fledglings. The charity’s founder Ruth Lingard said: “Thanks to the audience’s generosity we raised a fantastic total of over £1,100. That’s enough to cover the cost of answering 150 calls to our Helpline from parents and carers of children with disabilities and additional needs.”


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Chris Hurdle of concert promoters Portal Events added: “This year was the first time we introduced this service, and we wanted to involve an organisation like Fledglings with strong links to the community. Their team did a great job, and I’m delighted that they raised a lot of money to help run their wonderful service.”

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