Max's Marvellous Fun Day returns to raise even more cash for charities

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 September 2017

Children tackling the Military Run at last year's Max's Marvellous Fun Day. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Children tackling the Military Run at last year's Max's Marvellous Fun Day. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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The annual charity fundraiser Max’s Marvellous Fun Day will be at Great Chesterford Community Centre on Saturday, September 10 with some serious prizes for those taking part.

Children tackling the Military Run at last year's Max's Marvellous Fun Day. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOChildren tackling the Military Run at last year's Max's Marvellous Fun Day. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The lots in the on-line auction taking place this week, in the run-up to the fun day event, include £100 of vouchers for the National Theatre including a chauffeur driven car there and back.

Already, 150 children have signed up for Max’s Military Run, an assault course with a prizes including an Amazon Fire tablet and a stunt scooter for the youngsters who raise the most sponsorship. The course includes monkey bars, scramble nets, a spider’s web and hay bales. Youngsters can also enter on the day.

There will also be traditional games including beat the goalie, a nine-hole golf course, plate smashing a helter skelter and a six-class dog show.

This is the third year that the event has been organised by Jodie Rowlandson (she says with a lot of help from friends and local businesses) to thank Addenbrooke’s Hospital after her son Max was successfully treated for leukaemia at the children’s cancer ward, C2.

Max, now a healthy nine-year-old, was diagnosed aged two and had three years of chemotherapy. He and his sister, India, six are pupils at St Thomas More School in Saffron Walden.

Each year, the money raised is split between ACT (Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust) for the children’s cancer ward at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and another charity. Last year £10,000 was shared between the hospital and a brain tumour charity. This year, the funds will be shared by Addenbrooke’s and Action Duchenne, (for duchenne a form of muscular dystrophy). Among the silent auction prizes (taking bids on line) are afternoon tea for two at the Ritz, a month’s cleaning, three hours a week for four weeks and a romantic meal for two in your own home by a Michelin-trained chef. Jodie said: “I would like to thank the local businesses who have donated equipment, such as Saffron Scaffolding for scaffolding for the assault course and a local farmer for the hay bales and a lady who has given us bungee cord for the spider’s web and so many others.”

The event runs from noon to 5.30pm.

• To bid for the auction lots go to the event website.

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