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Charity welly-wanging record attempt for Yorkshire Day

Charity welly-wanging record attempt for Yorkshire Day

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 8:15am 1st August 2020.

Yorkshire Cancer Research are marking Yorkshire Day with a welly-wanging world record attempt.

  • The Harrogate-based charity are running a series of activities around wellies, including an online 
  • Income has dropped for the charity during the pandemic, because of cancelled fundraising events and a lack of income from charity shops.
  • They're encouraging people to take part in the world record attempt this afternoon (Saturday 1 August) between 2pm and 3pm.

Yorkshire Cancer Research is staging an online world record attempt this afternoon (Saturday 1 August), to mark Yorkshire Day.

The Harrogate-based charity is aiming to get as many people as possible to take part in a virtual welly-wanging contest.

Participants need to upload a video of them wanging a welly to the Facebook event page between 2pm and 3pm this afternoon (1 August).

It's part of a wider campaign, called "Give it some Welly", aiming to raise money to fund the charity's work.

Nikki Brady, from the charity, told Stray FM about the impact of coronavirus:

"It's been a difficult time for the charity. It has had an impact on our fundraised income.

"We're now looking at other ways to get people involved, and I think the world record attempt is a great example of that.

"You don't need to gather in big groups, you can just go out into your garden or find a bit of space and a welly, wang your welly, upload a video to Facebook and make a donation as well."

As well as the welly-wanging world record attempt, there's an online auction taking place, with up to 60 unique lots.

The items available include a signed 100-year anniversary Leeds United shirt, which secured bids of over £800 within 48 hours of being posted.

Zoom calls with celebrities are among the items available to bid for in the online auction.

Nikki added:

"It's really worrying because we know people are potentially sitting at home with [cancer] symptoms and they're worried about going into medical settings, because they're worried about the virus.

"We do know as well that there have been delays in treatment. We're helping to fund a Global study that's looking at the impact of the virus on surgery.

"It's a worrying time for people with cancer and we need to do as much as we can to help minimise the impact on cancer patients - that's why we think this campaign is really important."

If you'd like to get involved with any of the activities for Yorkshire Day, including the welly-wanging world record attempt, visit ycr.org.uk/welly.