Fourth generation keeps up family tradition for Save the Children

Save the Children walk
Christine, Fiona and Oriel

A family has kept a charity tradition alive with a mass sponsored toddle around a South Manchester park.

The Gatley and Cheadle branch of Save the Children was formed in 1960 when Chris Lang was one of the founder members.

Her daughter, Christine Williams, from High Legh near Knutsford, helped raise money alongside her as a child and is now the branch chair.

The tradition has now continued with Christine’s daughter, Fiona Readfern, and her daughter Oriel, who is almost two.

Oriel took part in her first event, a sponsored toddle, at the same age Fiona was when she did her first sponsored walk.

Along with 15 other family and friends all under the age of five, they completed one full lap of Didsbury Park, raising £2,000.

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Fiona, who lives in Urmston, said: “Over the years I have done cake sales, sponsored walks, balloon races, carol singing, and even a skydive.

“When my daughter Oriel was born I wanted to keep the tradition alive and make her the fourth generation to fundraise and support Save the Children, so she took part in her first event, a sponsored toddle.”

Rachel Dring, Save the Children’s Community Volunteering Manager, added: “We have been overwhelmed by the support and kindness of the people of Manchester and Cheshire.

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“It was a beautiful sunny day and all of the children had such a great time.

“Some of the very little ones needed a bit of carrying but everyone made it round and egged each other on.

“The older ones even shared their toys as a way of enticing the little ones to keep walking.

“The event was rounded off with a lovely teddy bears’ picnic and some treats for the children.

“This beautiful family tradition is well worth keeping alive, and it will be amazing to see how it continues through the generations.

“So far Christine and Fiona’s total is just under £2,000 and we would love to see this continue to rise in the next few weeks.

“Thank you to everyone who supported this event. Special thanks to the Pavillion Café in Didsbury Park, a volunteer led café, who donated a percentage of their days takings to Save the Children.

To help out, there is a Just Giving page to donate or just track the family’s progress.