Five hundred and two children and adults helped raise more than £6,700 for Haven House on Sunday 29 October by taking part in the third annual Pumpkin Plod.

Sponsored by Hills of Woodford Toyota, the event had a fancy dress theme of Pumpkins and Bats with families wearing pumpkin paraphernalia and donning Batman wings.

The day consisted of two sponsored 2k and 5k walks through Epping Forest from the hospice’s grounds at The White House, High Road, Woodford Green.

Families were given an activity sheet to complete on the route with sweets handed out by volunteer marshals.  

Every participant received a free pumpkin and medals were given out at the end. Families also enjoyed refreshments; a tasty barbeque, face painting and a bouncy castle provided additional fun for children.

Lindy Hunt, Head of Community Engagement at Haven House, said: “We were delighted to see so many children and adults attending our Pumpkin Plod which raised an incredible amount for the hospice with further sponsorship still to come in.

“The event is a firm fixture in the half-term calendar and the twist for this year’s theme provided amble opportunity for participants to embrace their inner Batman.

“We could not have put on the Pumpkin Plod without our volunteers and the support of so many people in our community.

“We would particularly like to thank our sponsor, Hills of Woodford Toyota, and all other supporters for their generosity.”

If you enjoyed the Pumpkin Plod then sign up for our festive themed Chasing Elves 10k run at Hainault Forest Country Park on Sunday 10 December.