SLIDESHOW: Pram race in Trimdon

DOZENS of villagers took part in a mad-cap race to raise funds for a charity that helps families of stillborn babies.

Fifty-six people lined up for a sponsored pram race in aid of the 4Lewis organisation, that provides memory boxes to hospitals so couples can place cherished keepsakes relating to stillborn babies inside.

The pram race saw 28 pairs of participants don wacky fancy dress costumes - from smurf outfits and Bananas in Pyjamas to Batman and Robin and Cruella de Vil and a dalmation - before a mad mile-long race around Trimdon Colliery.

Organisers estimate that the event will have raked in around £3,000 in sponsorship.

The winners were Dean Armstrong and Aaron Brown, who were dressed in pretty much nothing more than leopardskin thongs, and crossed the finish line in a wheelbarrow.

The event was organised by Trimdon Colliery couple Gary and Lisa Bowes, whose baby daughter Darcie Jane was stillborn on June 18, last year.

Gary, a 40-year-old Darchem Engineering production engineer, who is dad to two-and-half-year-old Ben, said: “It was absolutely brilliant.

“It’s definitely going to become a yearly thing, it went off that good.”