Happyjacks Picnic in the Park 2016 a success!!

Happyjacks Softplay successfully hosted their third Picnic in the Park on 26 July and raised over £1,300 for Chestnut Tree children’s hospice in the process.

The annual event proved as popular as ever, attracting over 1000 people to Gildredge Park to enjoy taster sessions from a wide variety of children’s activity providers. Football, dancing, baby sensory, singing, drumming and softplay were amongst the activities on offer, whilst parents could also find out more about financial planning, baby swimming, baby signing, pre-school, bouncy castle, face painting and martial arts.


“It was such a great day” said organiser Jaki Tompkins of Happyjacks Softplay. “What started as a meet up for parents who come to our softplay sessions and classes has grown and evolved into this amazing event.”


Chestnut Tree also attended on the day, helping to marshal the event and running their own awareness stand where parents and carers could find out more about the work the hospice do in East Sussex. With the help of its Hands Up campaign, the charity is currently expanding services in East Sussex, with the aim of reaching more of the families who need their care here.


“As part of our campaign we need to raise awareness and funds for the hospice, and Happyjacks’ picnic in the park has become a vital part of that for us” says Georgina Cook, Fundraising Officer for East Sussex. “Over the last three years the event has raised over £3,000, and helped us reach thousands of people, Jaki should be very proud of herself.”


Jaki is already planning next year’s event, and says she will continue to support Chestnut Tree. “We love doing it, and we love supporting such an amazing and supportive charity” she says. “We are working on the details and will let everyone know the date and venue as soon as we can.”

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