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Park Prepares for Pirates and Princesses Picnic

South Park will be taken over next week by hordes of scurvy pirates and beautiful princesses in support of local children who have lost someone they love.

Local children enjoy meeting Disney’s Moana ahead of the event next week (LtR: Liam Evans, Ellie Thornton, Chloë Barron, Disney’s Moana, Emily Wigham and Samuel Bourne)

Darlington’s first Pirates & Princesses Toddle will be held in the park on Sunday 3rd September, starting at 11am, and is expected to attract dozens of children in fancy dress from all over the area.

The sponsored walk will raise money in aid of the Family Support and Children’s Counselling services based at St Teresa’s Hospice, which offer help to children of any age who have lost someone they love.

Everyone aged 0-11 years-old is welcome to sign-up and come down in their best pirate or princess costume and join in a short sponsored walk through the park, followed by a picnic. It costs £5 to register, which includes a loot bag of treasure. Parents and children aged over 11 are welcome to join in free of charge.

There will be lots of nautical and royal stalls and entertainments on offer, including a treasure hunt, tombola, balloon modelling and Punch and Judy. A Best Costume Competition will also be held, and the winners will receive family tickets to this year’s Darlington pantomime, donated by Darlington Hippodrome and Qdos Entertainment. The contest will be judged by special guests, Disney princess Moana and Captain Hook from Meet My Mascot, who will be also be available for photos and will lead the walk.

Hospice Fundraising Manager John Paul Stabler said: “We’re all really looking forward to the walk. This is not only the first Pirates and Princesses Toddle we’ve held, but the first event we’ve organised specifically for younger children, and it’s shaping-up to be a fantastic day.

“It’s a very special thing that all the kids taking part will be raising money to help other children going through a very difficult time in their lives.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has already signed-up, and the local businesses who are supporting the event: 1st Stop Party Shop for donating balloons and decorations, Café Zest for donating picnic boxes, and Darlington Hippodrome and Qdos Entertainment for donating prizes.”

Limited numbers of free picnics will be available for anyone who pre-books before the event by visiting (first come, first served). Families are also invited to bring their own picnics. For more information, contact St Teresa’s Hospice on 01325 254321.