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PUBLISHED: 19:22 20 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:40 05 July 2010

A FAMILY of four are just some of the first people to sign up for a second attempt on a fancy dress word record.

Now it is hoped others will join them for the bid in Southwold in August, with two registrations evenings taking place.

A FAMILY of four are just some of the first people to sign up for a second attempt on a fancy dress word record.

Now it is hoped others will join them for the bid in Southwold in August, with two registrations evenings taking place.

They are being held on Tuesday and Wednesday evening, at the town's Red Lion.

The world record attempt is being organised by John Huggins, who has been inspired by his seriously ill granddaughter's fight for life. She is currently being treated at the Tadworth rehabilitation centre, in Surrey.

He paid a visit to the complex this week and said: “It is such a wonderful place; so many professional people, but it's very hard to see so many brain-injured children. However, they do have many good stories of children who have made remarkable progress as a result of their work.”

Last year nearly £30,000 was raised when 352 people gathered on the town's common dressed as children's characters.

His fundraising efforts have

been inspired by his granddaughter Sophie, who has spent more than a year in hospital fighting an aggressive brain tumour. Although the tumour has now been eradicated the three-year-old has been left with multiple disabilities.

Last year's record attempt was not officially recognised by Guinness, but Mr Huggins is planning to try again this summer and make the event bigger and better than last year.

He has also made contact with those who took part last year in the hope they will take part again.

Mr Huggins said that officials from Guinness have accepted the up-coming Southwold event as a contender for the record for the largest gathering of people dressed in fancy dress.

Participants will get sponsorship to take part in a two-mile walk dressed as children's characters on Sunday, August 17, before gathering on the football pitch for the world record attempt.

All money raised will be divided between three charities which have supported Sophie's battle for life - the Children's Trust, East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) and Cancer Research UK.

To take part, register online at www.sophiesworldrecord.org or call Mr Huggins on 07768 556106.

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