Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Families invited to Meningitis Now's spook-tacular Pumpkin Parade

Andy Hopkinson | 6th August 2019

We’re looking for families from West Yorkshire and further afield to join us for a spook-tacular event in October

Fundraising event Pumpkin Parade supported by mum of Enzo J

On Sunday 20 October our Pumpkin Parade takes place in Greenhead Park, Huddersfield, between 2 and 5pm. Families signing up will be given a pumpkin on arrival and at about 4pm will parade around the park on a 2.5km walk, where you will be treated to a spooky Halloween story or two from Kirklees Library storytellers.

Adding to the entertainment will be The KT Dance Academy young dance troupe, who will perform two Halloween dances, and Scisett Youth Band, who will lead the parade with a suitable medley of music.

Sarah Lockey, our regional fundraiser, said, “Our Pumpkin Parade is a spook-tacular lantern-lit, family fun event, aiming to raise valuable funds and awareness to continue our fight against meningitis and support those families who have been affected by this disease."

Fancy dress is welcomed

“Fancy dress is welcomed – especially pumpkins – and we’ll have face painters and stalls on the day. And thank you to the Scisett Youth Band, the KT Dance Academy and Kirklees Library for adding their support on the day."

“We would love each of our families taking part to pledge to raise £50 in sponsorship to help us continue our vital lifesaving and life-changing work.” 

Visit our Pumpkin Parade page to sign up today. Tickets cost £10 for a family (four people) and £3 for additional tickets.

Sarah added, “We’re really grateful to to Stafflex Recruitment Agency, Huddersfield for being our main sponsor. If anyone else would like to support the event, either by helping to sponsor it or by running a stall, please do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.”

Mum’s support

The event is also being supported by Huddersfield mum Katie Joyce, who lost her happy, bubbly son Enzo to the devastation of meningitis.

She saw her world turned upside down when Enzo, 4, contracted meningitis in November 2018. Just hours after he was rushed to hospital she made the heartbreaking decision to turn his life support machine off after scans showed he was brain dead.

Now Katie has bravely shared her story to raise awareness of meningitis and support our Pumpkin Parade.

“If by raising awareness we can prevent one more family going through what we have then Enzo’s name will live on and his death will not have been in vain,” Katie said.

Enzo loved life

“Still to this day I can’t get my head around why this happened to my beautiful boy, who had his whole life in front of him. He had just started school and was ready for what the world threw his way."

“Enzo loved life. He loved being around friends and family. He was the most caring and bubbly big brother to Reeco and would give the best cuddles to me."

“I can’t explain the suffering I deal with daily because no words come close to how I feel.”

You can read Enzo’s story here.

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