Halloween event for charities
Organisers of a popular Halloween event are hoping to build on last year’s success by offering twice as much fun and frolics, with money raised going towards local and national Dementia and Alzheimer’s charities.
Halloween at Hickings is the brainchild of Adam Mersh who has been inspired to put on a weekend-long event for all of the family to enjoy with money raised going towards local dementia charities in honour of his late grandmother.
Last year residents in Stapleford flocked to the seasonal offering which included a small interactive maze, lighting effects and animated displays and become a talking point amongst the local residents.
Adam, who lost his grandmother to dementia, wanted to give something back to the local community and combined his love for Halloween and charity fundraising by creating ‘Halloween at Hickings’ on his own front garden in 2021. This year the event is much bigger in scale and he is hoping to raise even more money.
As well as a much larger maze with live actors, this year crowds can expect craft stalls, food and drink, live entertainment, Halloween photo opportunities, children’s rides, a mobile bar and DJ, fire breathers and plenty more surprises reserved for those who are brave enough to enter the haunted grounds of Stapleford Community Centre.
Speaking about the event Adam said: “I’ve always loved giving back to the community, giving to charity and of course Halloween, it made sense for me to combine these into something which I think is missing in our area, a good family event for Halloween. I’d like to thank the local community, and businesses that have supported me along the way.”
The event has been a real labour of love with Adam alongside a group of volunteers working around the clock to prepare the site for the opening night on October 28th.
A spokesperson added: “A lot of people working on this project have got their own stories to tell when it comes to Dementia and Alzheimer’s, and we have some fantastic people willing to give up their time to help us. We really want people not just from Stapleford but all over, like Ilkeston to come down and experience what we have to offer, especially because a portion of the money raised will be going to very deserving charities which provide valuable support for families and people affected by Dementia and Alzheimers.”
The event is running at the Stapleford Community Centre from 28th to 31st of October.
More information about the event can be found on social media, or the website www.halloweenathickings.co.uk – tickets are on sale now.