14/08/2023 | Press releases

Welly Walk returns to Jimmy’s Farm!

Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity is inviting families to join this year’s Welly Walk and stomp their way round Jimmy’s Farm – all while raising vital funds to benefit young patients.

This year’s event takes place on Sunday 24 September and will give people the chance to enjoy a brand new interactive route while supporting The Children’s Appeal at Ipswich Hospital.

The picturesque 5km walk will take families and friends on a woodland wander through the Suffolk countryside surrounding Jimmy’s Farm and Wildlife Park, at Wherstead near Ipswich. Those taking part can expect a day to remember, with the chance to meet mascots Puddles and Rosie, as well as free access to the wildlife park and rare breeds farm after the walk.

Parts of the farm which were once inaccessible have been opened up for people taking part to explore, while Welly Walk participants will enjoy 10% off all onsite catering outlets throughout the day – all for less than the standard ticket prices.

Jimmy Doherty (pictured above), ambassador of The Children’s Appeal, said: “It’s our absolute pleasure to host the Welly Walk for a third year in support of The Children’s Appeal.

“The Welly Walk is the perfect way to bring your family together and enjoy the outdoors whilst supporting such a worthwhile project. We’re excited to see the new Welly Walk route in action and welcome the participants into our park afterwards, hopefully with the opportunity to explore our exciting new area. See you in September!”

The Children’s Appeal is raising money towards the multi-million pound redevelopment of the Children’s Department at Ipswich Hospital.

Work is underway to transform the ward areas and create further inpatient rooms, a school room and the new children’s assessment unit, in turn improving the experience for young patients and their families.

Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity will use money raised through the Welly Walk to help fund new indoor and outdoor sensory and play spaces and equipment.

Kate Stockton, children’s matron at Ipswich Hospital, said: “I’m so proud of the team, who do outstanding work every day. However, the facilities are tired and no longer fit for purpose. It’s so important to have child-friendly surroundings for young people and their families, which is why we are creating a modern, light and more homely environment with this redevelopment.”

Tickets for a family for four is priced at £30, adults are £10 and children aged between two and 17 are priced at £7.50. Children under the age of two are free.

Click here for more information about The Children’s Appeal.

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