Charities Work Together To Make Family Easter Hunt ‘Eggscellent’ Value
Monday, Mar 30, 2015
A donation from one local charity to another has meant that the popular Easter Egg Treasure Hunt on Richmond’s ancient pastures of Westfields can be offered at a discounted price to increase its appeal to families.
Richmond Duck Club has given a generous donation to the land charity The Richmondshire Landscape Trust (ROSA) so that the cost of entry to the event taking place on Easter Saturday (4 April) remains at only £3.
The hunt – now in its eleventh year - involves following a series of clues across the undulating meadowland of Westfields and at the end each participant receives a medium-sized boxed chocolate egg.
Event organiser, Veronica Robson, said: “The Westfields Easter Egg Hunt is an extremely popular event within the town, with many local children taking part. We are conscious that there are many drains on the family purse during holiday times and thanks to the continued support of the Duck Club we are able to keep the entry cost as low as possible.”
“It is fantastic to see this ancient piece of land being used for such a fun community activity and, if previous years are anything to go by, it will be a great afternoon out. The event always goes ahead whatever the weather and one year we even had snow! ” she added.
Members of both charities help run the event on the day, which is ongoing between 2.00pm and 4.00pm and starts at the layby next to the allotments. Light refreshments will be available.
The hunt was one of the first fundraising events held by ROSA – the fundraising arm of the Richmondshire Landscape Trust – when it was set up to raise money to buy a number of pieces of land under threat. The charity now owns and manages a number of pieces of land around the town for community use and still fundraises to maintain and enhance the different areas in its care.
Westfields is a large area of pasture land that has spectacular views across the town towards the castle and was originally part of Richmond’s medieval three-field system. As well as Westfields, the Trust owns a further four areas of land around the town – Southbank, Sleegill, Jack King’s Wood and the Reeth Road Field
Tickets are available in advance from the Castle Hill Book Shop in Richmond, Stuart Parsons on 01748 823456 or Veronica Robson on 01748 824218. They can also be bought on the day at the start of the event but previous years have sold out before the end of the afternoon. All children must be accompanied by an adult.