Thousands enjoy first Morden Family Fun Day event and raise money for good causes

Zaara Ilyas, nine, enjoys the space hopper. Some people required treatment for bruising after using the toys.

Zaara Ilyas, nine, enjoys the space hopper. Some people required treatment for bruising after using the toys.

First published in News Wimbledon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

Thousands of people of all ages enjoyed football, fencing and games at a family fun day which raised a lot of money for local charities.

The sun shone for most of the first Morden Family Fun Day which featured a petting zoo from Deen City Farm, a group Zumba class and family races including a space hopper race which saw six people treated for bruising by the St John Ambulance volunteers.

Organisers estimate up to 7,000 people passed through the gates on Sunday, July 20, with about £10,000 being raised in tickets and sales from the day.

Wimbledon Guardian:

Ruth Waters, Paul Dales and Sam Dales at the event. 

After expenses, the funds will be split between the 16 charity stallholders who attended.

Event co-ordinator Andy Butcher said: "We were pleased with how it went.

"The two football pitches were always full and St John Ambulance treated six people for bruises after falling off the space hoppers in the family race.

We had boxercise and Zumba which a lot of people joined in with after a bit of encouragement."

Wimbledon Guardian:

Reggie Evans, eight, enjoys the day. 

The event at Morden Park, which could be held again next year if the committee agrees to it, was organised by the Rotary Club of Morden.

The mayor of Merton Councillor Agatha Akyigyina and council leader Stephen Alambritis were among the guests on the day.

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