Calls to join in Wonsie Waddle along Hartlepool’s Headland

Stephen Picton (right) with (left to right) Robert Lynn, Jess Berry, Sandy Picton, Keerah Cave, Emma Picton and Sophie Smith.
Stephen Picton (right) with (left to right) Robert Lynn, Jess Berry, Sandy Picton, Keerah Cave, Emma Picton and Sophie Smith.

ORGANISERS of an innovative fundraiser in aid of a serious condition are calling on as many people as possible to join in the fun.

The Wonsie Woddle is taking place on Hartlepool’s Headland next month and hopes are high it will be a major success.

The event will see scores of people don their onesies to take part in a walk from the Heugh Gun Battery to the Victoria Arms on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15.

The ‘woddle’ is the brainchild of Hartlepool charity champion Stephen Picton, who came up with the idea in aid of Dementia UK, the charity which has helped his dad, James, 67, since he was diagnosed with the condition two years ago.

It has already gained the support of TV funnywoman Crissy Rock, who is returning to the role of former Solana manageress Janey York in ITV’s Benidorm, and she is backing the forthcoming Wonsie Woddle.

More than 150 people have already registered and organisers have called on people to return their sponsorship forms.

Taxi driver Stephen, 42, who lives in the Blakelock Road area, said: “Let’s make it massive for the first year and it would be great to see as many people as possible join in the fun - people of all ages are more than welcome.

“All charities, groups and organisations are more than welcome to come along and it is only now £1 for children and £5 for adults to take part.

“We also have H’Angus the Monkey and there will be a Wallace and Grommit cake with them dressed in their onesies to raffle.”

Stephen who is married to Sandy, thanked Crissy Rock for her support and said local radio personality Paul ‘Goffy’ Gough is taking a T-shirt out to Benidorm to try to get other cast members to support the event.

Entry is £5 for adults to take part and just £1 for children, with Stephen saying there has been a lot of interest from youngsters in the town.

The proceeds raised will all go to Dementia UK but those taking part are then free to raise sponsorship cash for their chosen charity.

For more information about the event people are asked to visit the Wonsie Woddle Facebook page.