Superheroes out in force at anti-bullying fun family day

Ethan Davies 5 and Caedan Carver 4 with the Bruno's Gym Super Heroes during the Harborough Against Bullying fun day at Symington Recreation ground.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Ethan Davies 5 and Caedan Carver 4 with the Bruno's Gym Super Heroes during the Harborough Against Bullying fun day at Symington Recreation ground.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

There were superheroes, sun and lots of fun at the Harborough Against Bullying family day at Symington’s Recreation Ground in Harborough on Sunday.

The huge fun day was organised by the group to raise awareness of the work they do, as well as providing some fun in the sunshine for families.

Activities included live music, a chance for youngsters to meet their favourite superheroes and princesses, kids craft workshops, a family clue hunt treasure trail, rides and stalls.

Brunos Gym also provided a training session, there were zorb games for children and a huge raffle which Harborough Against Bullying said had been generously supported by businesses in the town, as well as featuring prizes like football memorabilia donated by Manchester United.

Harborough Against Bullying was founded in 2011 by Marie Connor after her own son was the victim of severe bullying.

Marie thanked everyone who had attended the event on the day and made it a success.

She added: “We provide support and information as well as raising awareness of bullying and the far reaching and lasting impact it can cause.

“Initially, we used social media and created a page for people from the Harborough area to join and show their support against bullying.

“In January this year we launched a sister scheme, Hannah’s Help.

“Hannah’s Help is a grant scheme set up in memory of Lutterworth Teenager Hannah Smith.

“The scheme allows victims of bullying aged between three and 18 years to make applications for grants to help them access things like funding for school equipment, confidence building activities and classes and, where desperately needed, urgent counselling.”

Hannah Smith died after taking her own life in 2013.

Marie said money raised on the day was being used for future Hannah’s Help grants.

Last year’s event, held at Harborough Rugby Club, raised about £3,600.

For more information about Harborough Against Bullying, visit www.harboroughagainstbullying-midlands.org.uk.

The group also has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Hab2012 and Twitter account at @ANTIBULLYINGhab.