2 November 2009
Last year’s cheque for £2,500 being presented to Macmillan. From left, Fred White, Jenny Jardine, Jim Hollinshed of the Macmillan IoW Committee, Paul Kirkpatrick and Derek Smith.
This annual Pram Push is huge fun for all involved, with all teams arriving on Sunday at Francki Place, outside the Painter’s Arms pub in flamboyant fancy dress and elaborately decorated prams. They set off into town on August bank holiday on a wacky tour of the pubs and clubs to raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Support!
As the County Press reporter Martin Neville wrote:
'A wheelie good time was had by all who took part in one of the Island’s most unusual fundraisers. Since 1978, the Cowes Pram Push has become an annual fixture of the summer calendar, coinciding with the powerboat racing weekend.'
Around seven teams in fancy dress and armed with decorated prams and collecting tins gathered at Francki Place, outside the Painter’s Arms pub, on Sunday before heading into town on a wacky tour of the pubs and clubs to raise vital cash for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Paul Kirkpatrick, one of the main organisers, said this year’s event was particularly poignant given the untimely death last year of Painter’s Arms barmaid, Mez Blackwell, a well-known member of the Cowes community and supporter of past pram pushes. Her death touched many hearts as the 39-year-old had been such an avid fundraiser before being struck with cancer herself.
This year’s event featured an array of unusual entries, including pirates, Mr Men and Star Trek characters, 70s disco dancers and aliens. The job of judging the best entries fell to town councillor and Cowes Carnival Committee member, Lynn Hammond. Paul, who was part of the five-strong Painter’s Arms team which picked up one of the top trophies, said donations were still being counted.
'I think we might be down slightly on last year, probably due to the recession and the fact many people were at the Madness concert.
'However, the atmosphere was absolutely fantastic and I want to thank everyone who helped make the day a huge success.'
(Thanks to the County Press for kind permission to reproduce this story).