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Pumpkin trail event at Grant Park, Forres raised £900 for Ecologia Youth Trust

By Garry McCartney

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Liza and Robyn at the pumpkin trail tent.
Liza and Robyn at the pumpkin trail tent.

A HALLOWEEN event helped raise nearly £900 for charity.

Organisers Liza Hollingshead and Robyn Cooper of the pumpkin trail at Grant Park on Saturday, October 30, confirmed the £883.94 will go to Findhorn-based children’s charity Ecologia, to help transform the lives of young people and families affected by poverty, poor family support and low social/emotional skills.

Associate director of international projects, Robyn Cooper, confirmed the money will help disadvantaged children involved in Ecologia projects in Kenya, Uganda and Russia.

She said: “The event went very well! We thought around 100 people might turn up during the trail opening times of 11am-3pm but there were more than 400, including some from Inverness. We had a fundraising target of £200, but were blown away by the amazing community spirit in the area. We loved seeing everyone – adults and children – turn up in the most wonderful guising costumes.”

Entry was £2 per person with under-fours going free.

One of the pumpkin hidden on the trail.
One of the pumpkin hidden on the trail.

The trail went around Grant Park and Cluny Hill, encouraging participants to hunt down pumpkins. Maps were available from Ecologia’s stall at the park. Each pumpkin had a name to fill in on it. Those taking part were to collect them all and return the map for a prize.

“The children loved it,” said Robyn, “They were each given a bag of sweets once they had finished. Parents said their thanks for planning such a fun event for everyone!”

Every Monday this month Ecologia is holding Paint ‘n’ Sip events at Moray Arts Centre from 4-5pm. Participants pick festive ornaments to decorate while drinking a hot brew or warm mulled apple juice. Tickets are £10 per adult, £5 per child or a family ticket is £20 for two adults and three children. Limited space so pre-book.

Email info@ecologia.org.uk to pre-book tickets.

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