Eldwick residents attempt to set new welly wanging world record for Yorkshire Cancer Research as part of annual ‘welly fest’ 

Date: 31 July 2020

Residents of Eldwick are joining Yorkshire Cancer Research in its attempt to set a new world record for the most wellies wanged in an hour this Yorkshire Day (Saturday 1st August) to help raise funds to save more lives in Yorkshire. 

The record attempt will be taking place as part of Eldwick Welly Fest, an annual fundraising event in the village which aims to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the region. 

As part of the festival, residents will be helping Yorkshire Cancer Research set a new world record for ‘the most videos of people throwing wellington boots uploaded in one hour on Facebook’. The event, which will be ‘world’s biggest virtual welly wang’, will be hosted on Facebook between 2 and 3pm on Yorkshire Day (August 1st) and is open to everyone in the Yorkshire region.

To take part people are asked to film themselves wanging a welly and upload the footage to the charity’s dedicated Facebook event page within the one-hour timeframe.

As well as helping to set a new world record, Eldwick Welly Fest will include two welly walks around the local area, a design a welly competition, a social distanced picnic and a raffle. 

Residents will be on Eldwick Rec on Sat 1 Aug from 12.30pm, with the welly wanging world record attempt taking place from 2pm. Social distancing guidelines will be in place for the duration of the event. 

Adele Hepworth, an Eldwick resident who has organised the event, said: “We are so pleased to be able to hold our annual Eldwick Welly Fest, albeit in a slightly different way this year. Last year we raised over £2,000 of vital funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research and we were so proud to help make a difference and support such a great local charity. 

Three girls throwing wellington boots

“The Eldwick Team is a small group of local mums who are passionate about bringing the community together. Cancer is something that touches everyone’s lives in some way. We are conscious that during the pandemic, some people with cancer may not have been able to access medical care when needed and that others have delayed seeking treatment during this time. At the same time, less fundraising for cancer charities has been able to happen.

“As such we are looking forward to helping to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research and welcoming everyone to enjoy Eldwick Welly Fest on Saturday and hopefully set a new world record in the process.”

Dr Kathryn Scott, chief executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We’re encouraging people across the region to join our ‘Give it Some Welly’ campaign and help put Yorkshire in the spotlight. All you need is a phone and a welly, and you can be part of a world record attempt by posting your video to our Facebook event page on Yorkshire Day. 

“The past few months have been challenging and uncertain for many people, especially those affected by cancer, so the generosity of people in Yorkshire means more than ever before. We’d like our world record attempt to provide some light relief while raising life-changing funds to help minimise the impact of the pandemic on people with cancer in our region. 

“With our ambitious target to fund £10 million of world leading research every year to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, we need people in Yorkshire to come together and help more people give cancer the boot for good.” 

To join in Yorkshire Cancer Research’s world record attempt and to find out more, go to:   www.ycr.org.uk/world-record.  

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