Dress up to help Sophie's record bid

PUBLISHED: 12:40 08 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:02 05 July 2010

ABOUT 150 people have so far registered to take part in a world record attempt at Southwold next week but for one family the event has extra significance.

ABOUT 150 people have so far registered to take part in a world record attempt at Southwold next week but for one family the event has extra significance.

Sophie's World Record takes place on Sunday, August 17, when organiser John Huggins is hoping more than 352 people will be at Southwold Common in fancy dress and set a new world record.

Mr Huggins, who lives in Southwold, has been inspired by his granddaughter Sophie Harper's fight for life as she battles against an aggressive brain tumour.

Last year's inaugural event raised nearly £30,000 for charity and Mr Huggins is hoping that this year will see more people take part and even more money raised.

“So many people have told me they will be taking part but have yet to register. I would advise everyone wanting to take part to register as soon as possible,” he said.

One family who have already registered and will be there in fancy dress are the Adams, from Wenhaston.

Earlier this week Fiona Adams had a “dress rehearsal” when the children donned the costumes they will be wearing on the big day.

Two-year-old Callum will be dressed as a tiger, Carys, five, will be a ballerina, Katie, seven, dressed as popular children's character Biff.

Making up the family group will be Mrs Adams as Cinderella and Annie Schoettli as a cowgirl.

“We have had great fun deciding what to wear for the event and we are all determined to take part,” said Mrs Adams.

“Katie had her own battle with cancer when she was just two years old so we know the great work that is done by Cancer Research UK and the other charities that will benefit from the event,” she said.

Katie has now made a full recovery and is looking forward to being part of the world record attempt.

The fancy dress theme is children's characters and representatives of Record Holders Republic will be in attendance to see if a new record is set.

The event starts at the Common, near the sports pavilion at 1.30pm and there will be a two-mile sponsored walk for fancy dress participants at 2.30pm. The world record attempt will take place on the football pitch followed by a picnic on the Common.

Money raised will be divided between the Children's Trust, East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) and Cancer Research UK.

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