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Local business show pompom making skills to help hospice record attempt

Natalie Bingham (Eden Valley Hospice), Ally Duncan (Eden Valley Hospice), Sarah Graves(David Allen), Sandra Parker, Alison Allen (David Allen), Linda Moore (David Allen), Alison Welton (David Allen)
Natalie Bingham (Eden Valley Hospice), Ally Duncan (Eden Valley Hospice), Sarah Graves(David Allen), Sandra Parker, Alison Allen (David Allen), Linda Moore (David Allen), Alison Welton (David Allen)

[M]embers of staff, family and friends at David Allen have been rolling back the years and re-discovering their pompom making skills to help a local charities Guinness World Record attempt.

During 2016 Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice are hoping to set a new world record for the longest line of pompoms as part of the charity’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.

Since launching the campaign in October 2015 a host of schools, community groups, businesses and individuals from the across Cumbria and further afield have begun making pompoms to help the world record attempt, including local accountants David Allen, who spurred on by Alison Allen’s mother Sandra Parker have went on to make 3,500 pompoms.

Kerrie Allison, Business Development Manager at David Allen said ‘At David Allen we are committed to helping and giving back to our local community.  When we heard that one of our Charity of the Year charities was taking part in a world record attempt we jumped at the chance to support them.  It has been great fun making the pompoms and we would encourage everyone to help the Hospice to celebrate their 25th anniversary with a pompom bang!’

Ally Duncan, Hospice Lottery Manager, said, “We are delighted with the fantastic amount of pompoms made by the staff, family and friends at David Allen. We would like to say a special thank you to Sandra Parker who made most of the 3,500 pompoms.”

The pompom making challenge is something fun and exciting which everyone can take part in as it brings the community together to break the world record. The challenge will take place throughout 2016 with the pompoms being paraded in a line in September 2016.

At the end of the challenge all of the pompoms will be transformed into a range of products, from key rings to bobble hats, and sold to raise money in aid of the Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice. The money raised will help the local charity to provide care, support and activities to adults and children with life limiting illnesses.

Pompom templates are available from the Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw shops in Carlisle, Wigton and Brampton. If you would like further information about the challenge please contact the hospice fundraising team on 01228 817614 or visit www.edenvalleyhospice.org

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