Organisers of a family fun day in memory of Claire Squires are hoping the return of the event this year will raise even more money for good causes.
Last August’s inaugural event raised more than £13,000 for charities supported by The Squires Effect set up in memory of Claire, who died while running the London Marathon in 2012.
This year’s event, at Harborough Rugby Club, in Northampton Road, this Saturday, will aim to eclipse that figure.
Mr Mudge the Clown will start the show at midday and there will be a visit by Peppa Pig, a fun fair, face painting, bouncy castles, pony rides and a pets’ corner.
There will be more than 30 stalls, a licensed bar, food and a variety of live shows, including Tracey Gardner who will be putting on Zumba sessions, and acts from the Leicester-based Rock Solid Academy.
Community radio station Harborough FM will broadcast live from the event with their roadshow and there will be live music by Claire’s dad’s band Moondance, Jigged, The Smarties with Dan Pelos, The Knock Band and solo performer Bethia Mitchell.
There will be a tug of war competition at 4pm and a balloon release, while DJ Spencer Martinez is putting on an evening music set.
There will also be details of how to bid in a closed auction for a McFly signed tour programme and signed memorabilia from Strictly pair Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone’s recent Midnight Tango tour.
They are being auctioned for Rainbows by beauty therapist Kerry Summers, who is also holding a 12-hour facial marathon at the Beauty Manor in Harborough on September 2.
Susie Munton, of The Squires Effect, said: “We are so excited for this year’s event and welcome all families and their friends to come and have a brilliant day out.
“We would like to thank people in the community for their support which really makes these events so special while having fun and raising money for great causes.
“With more than 3,000 visitors to the fun day last year we are hoping for a similar amount on Saturday.”
Claire, originally of North Kilworth, died while running the London Marathon on April 22 last year, prompting a national outpouring of support which led to the 30-year-old’s online fundraising page for the Samaritans topping £1m.
After her death, family and friends set up the Squires effect, a charity which aims to inspire others to raise money for good causes as well as supporting good causes through its own fundraising.
The charity organises fundraising events for good causes including bereavement charity The Laura Centre, Hope Against Cancer, Harborough Against Bullying, Rainbows and Cardiac Risk in the Young and has raised £40,000 since it was set up.
It is also looking for individuals in need who it can improve the lives of through fundraising.
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Tickets for the fun day cost £3 each or £10 for four from Browns Hair Salon, in High Street, Harborough, F Howkins and Son Garage in North Kilworth, or on 07891 678666, 07977 835228, 07889 826112, 07801 291816 or 07725 746141.