Welly Walk At Jimmy’s Farm

The Children's Appeal mascot Puddles the Duck and Jimmy's Farm mascot Rosie the Pig.

Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity are inviting everyone to be part of the Welly Walk at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park. On Sunday 26 September you can stomp your way round an exclusive 5km walk around the farm in support of The Children’s Appeal at Ipswich Hospital.

There will also be a shorter, buggy-friendly 1km walk so children of all ages can enjoy the fun and mascots Puddles and Rosie will also be there to cheer you on.

The picturesque route will take you to parts of the farm not usually accessible to the public and you’ll see a few surprise animals along the way too. It’s going to be a day out to remember as every participant will receive free access to the wildlife park afterward and 10 percent off all onsite catering outlets throughout your stay. All this for less than the standard ticket prices!

Jimmy Doherty, ambassador of The Children’s Appeal, said: “It’s our absolute pleasure to host the Welly Walk specifically for The Children’s Appeal. As a family, we love the outdoors and the Welly Walk is the perfect way to bring your family together and get exploring whilst supporting a very worthwhile project. Bring on the wellies!”

The Children’s Appeal is a multi-million-pound re-development to transform every centimetre of the Children’s Department at Ipswich Hospital. Despite a huge increase in demand, the department has hardly changed since the 1980s so an overhaul is long overdue. Every year almost 40,000 children and young people are cared for at Ipswich Hospital and around 10 percent are admitted as inpatients.

Kate Stockton, Children’s Matron Ipswich said: “I’m so proud of the team who do outstanding work every day, but the facilities are tired and no longer fit for purpose. It’s so important to have child-friendly surroundings for our young people and their families which is why we are going to create a modern, light and more homely environment. It really can’t come soon enough.”

Planning permission has been granted which is a giant leap forward, but there is still £160,000 left to raise. Now is the time to dig out your wellies and sign up to the Welly Walk: www.colchesteripswichcharity.org.uk/wellywalk

Adults £10, child £7.50 (2-17 years), a family of four £30 (then £5 for each additional child) and children under two go free!

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